ARTIST’S BIO | I attended the University of Michigan School of Art, graduating with a BFA in Drawing and Sculpture in 1986. During that time, I attended the inaugural session of the Vermont Studio School, concentrating on welded sculpture. For the next 10 years I worked as an artist in my own studio, primarily painting and making ceramic pieces, and also made a daughter, my best work yet. During the ensuing years I have worked steadily, both at drawing and painting and at parenthood. My work is primarily figurative; my first series of paintings were of a mother and daughter and was done over a two-year period. I then began a series of male portraits of two brothers that also lasted 2 years. Since then I have worked with a group of African-American female models, as well as dancers and musicians. For several years I concentrated on jaguar imagery, including several trips to the Zoological Park in Mexico City (where my drawing of a jaguar hangs in the director’s office). I was fortunate to be able to dissect a clouded leopard at the Smithsonian Laboratories to further study the anatomy of these incredible animals. Animals are an important part of my life, having been raised on a small farm, and I have lately included my first equine, Kelsey, in my work. Kelsey was a white mule that my father purchased when I was 2.5 years old, and photographs of him holding me on Kelsey’s back remain a treasured memory.