I was influenced early in my life by my mother, landscape painter Pat Kingsbury.  Among my earliest memories are painting lessons with my mother. Although those lessons ended with her death when I was twelve, the impact has helped to form my life and my artistic vision. The lessons I learned through her work and instruction stay with me today. I always knew my career would involve the visual arts.
I received no other formal art training until I entered Ringling School of Art and Design as a seventeen year old, with great dreams. I studied graphic arts, but had a solid year of drawing and design before entering my major.
After Ringling I spent fourteen years working in the imprinted sportswear industry. I watched the textile industry leave the South at the same time I realized that heath issues would not allow me to continue to work in my current position. I returned to school to earn a teaching degree. I continued my education with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina. This was followed by a seventeen-year career as a middle and high school art teacher.  During that time, I earned a Masters Degree in Art Education from Boston University, and enrolled as a MFA candidate at Academy of Art University in San Francisco.  My teaching career ended in 2014 with my retirement. Since then  I have been focusing on completing my course work and Thesis through Academy of Art University.
I reside in Greenville, South Carolina with my husband, John, and our family of three dogs. I am proud to say the legacy of visual arts started by my mother continues with myself and my children. One of my two sons is an accomplished cartoonist and my nine year old granddaughter is already displaying interest and talent in visual arts.