I was born in Antibes, France and spend the later years of my childhood and early adulthood near Strasbourg in the north eastern part of France. I feel privileged to have grown up in a family where horticulture, music, literature and design were present in our daily life. It opened my eyes to the subtle truths and mysteries of the natural world and instilled in me an appreciation for the creative process. At a young age I began to develop my own artistic voice filling journals with vivid colors, bright collages, sketches and pressed flowers. Those very early years were the precursor to a lifelong fascination and commitment to art.
After a couple of years at the University of Strasbourg, I was accepted as a foreign exchange student at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where I earned a master’s degree in German Studies. My extra-curricular studies included photography, life drawing, painting, art history, poetry and ceramics. My degree and fluency in both French and German resulted in several academic positions. I was a member of the faculty at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, the Chapin School in New York City, and for many years I was Head of the Modern Language Department at the Winsor School in Boston.
I live in Boston with my husband Ron Agel. Since 2013 we are also residents of Harwich. As a committed member of the community I am a regular visitor at the Harwich Community Center and I am a member of the Harwich Conservation Trust.