I was born and raised in Finland. I moved to the U.S. in 1984 when I married my husband Eric. We have three children, Max, Alex and Anya, all teenagers.
I'm mostly self-taught in art although I have taken a few drawing and watercolor classes over the years. I like to draw portraits in graphite and lately also in colored pencil. I started getting portrait commissions in 1996. I also paint still lives and landscapes in watercolor and pastel. I have taught basic drawing classes Mooresville Arts.