My formal training at the School of the Art Institute of Institute was in Textile and Fiber Art. After graduation, I began my own business designing and manufacturing hand-painted fabrics and clothing for apparel and site-specific interiors. My clothing line was carried by specialty stores and boutiques as well as Saks Fifth Avenue. These are just a few samples of the work I did. I continue to use some of the techniques I developed at this time in my current mixed media work.