I began studying art at the age of three with my first easel. This continued practice of standing while working became a problem in kindergarten where I was known as a rebel challenging authority and asking too many questions. At nine years old, I began dumpster diving, collecting materials: scraps of cloth, empty glass jars, wire hangers, etc. seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary. I took drafting, woodwork and printmaking in junior high. Attending a Catholic all-girls private high school, where in between varsity soccer and dance team I took a painting course that became one of my first “actions”, which would lead to my love of abstract art.