I have a new life as an artist in Santa Fe. This follows childhood in Michigan, then Atlanta, Tampa, and New Orleans; college at Brown University; a long stretch in the Boston metro area as an educational researcher; starting a doctoral program and completing a master’s degree at Harvard; and, amidst all this, marrying and being a mother.

I left my first career in 1996 and started painting while joining my husband for months at a time as he worked in Europe and Brazil. We came to Santa Fe in 2001. He still traveled as a consultant, and I began a second career as a gallery administrator.

I stayed in New Mexico after my husband passed away because the sky lifted my spirits. Now, as an artist, I try to do the same for others. I imagine them waking to a sunrise feeling hopeful, seeing promise in a rainbow, relaxing in sunset glow and wandering among clouds. If a painting holds my gaze for a long time and I feel joy, peace or wonder, then I hope others will feel it, too.

My new life includes marrying again in 2007 and, for ten years, being a foster parent for children. I was juried into the Santa Fe Society of Artists in 2017. I would not have expected nor hoped for this life, but it is good. Very good.