My roots run deep in my father’s fields. I was raised in Eastern Iowa. I attended the University of Northern Iowa, intending to be an elementary teacher. Having been raised in a tiny high school, I never had art as a class. It was with encouragement of a college art professor that I changed my major on the spot. I received a BA in 1967, and in 1987, I completed my MA at the University of Iowa. I have been encouraged by my husband, Ron, throughout our fifty plus years of marriage. Our two children think they have been dragged to every museum in the country! We have lived in Iowa, Missouri, Ohio, and currently reside in Minnesota.