At the age of 17 I enrolled at Buffalo State College to begin my studies in Art Education. I had the privilege and honor of teaching art to high school students for over 35 years. I am proud to say many of my students went on to study in an art-related field. Here in Chautauqua, I’ve made many meaningful connections and friendships through teaching painting for over 25 years in the Special Studies program. Living in Buffalo and being a member of the Buffalo Society of Artists, one of the oldest continuing Artist’s Associations in the country, I had relationships with some of the most gifted artists in Western NY. I was inspired by them each and every day. I’ve always felt gratified to have a foot in both worlds: proud of my work as an educator and blessed as an artist.