I was born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. We lived briefly in Detroit (where I got my first sewing machine) and then to Northern Virginia. Intermediate and High School were attended in Falls Church and Vienna. Virginia Commonwealth University is where I studied Painting and printmaking, some photography thrown in for fun. After graduation a bunch of us moved to New York City. Here my fascination began with Fashion Design and tailoring. I proceeded to study at FIT, Ladies Tailoring and Fashion Design. When I began to teach at Parsons, in 1999, where I've had the best teaching experiences. The students are an inspiration each and every semester.