My path to visual narrative began with biological abstraction. I studied painting with Milton Resnick and printmaking with Tony Smith, while working on the eye-brain connections of the zebrafish. After earning a degree in visual arts and biology from Barnard College, I continued to show my oil paintings and intaglio prints in New York, Los Angeles, and Vermont; worked as artist-in-resident at public schools; received grants and residencies from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Woodstock School of Art, the Studio Center in Johnson Vermont, and the Vermont Arts Council. Earning a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania, led me toward the creative use of words in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. In turn, an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts ultimately led me back to pictorial storytelling in both picture books and graphic narratives for older readers.