Following college, I moved to Cape Cod, MA. Again my love of nature was fulfilled by a totally new and different environment. Within walking distance of the
ocean and Cape Cod Bay, I explored the beaches, dunes, forests, and the plant and animal life within. At this time my interest in the arts led me to weave, spinning and dyeing my own wool. I spent many hours collecting specimens of natural materials; wild plants and flowers, lichens, barks, and roots with which to create
On Cape Cod, I met my husband and we settled in Provincetown. This is where I first began pet sitting. In approximately 1990, a friend requested that I board her
shepherd/collie mix, Winona, for the winter while she vacationed in Mexico. My life was so enriched by this experience that I continued to board her for several more winters, as well as pet sit for other friends and neighbors. The animals that I cared for included dogs, cats, birds, and even one large iguana. When Winona passed away, I painted my first pet “box” with her portrait for my grieving friend. Since then, I have painted other pet boxes and pet portraits in oil paint.
Aside from art, another passion of mine is music, and while on Cape Cod, I played the flute and performed with two chamber music groups.