(1944 - living) U.S.A.
Born in Washington, D.C., she soon moved to Tucson, Arizona when her father's military career transferred the family to Davis Monthan Air Base and then to California when he was sent to the Korea for two years.
She attended six 5th grades and three high schools in the U.S. and Germany graduating from high school near Fort Meade, Maryland between Baltimore and Washington. She studied art at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York but grew bored with the traditional painting, printmaking and sculpture classes that she was taking. She left Pratt after her second year and went to the London School of Film Technique, but found filmmaking too much of a group activity. She then returned to Pratt.
After a devastating personal relationship while there led her to create her first light sculpture, a self-portrait with tiny light bulbs blinking down her face like tears.
Remembering her love of neon in the landscape, she set out to learn to incorporate neon into her work and went to a local sign company to inquire if they would teach her.