Graduated from Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY in 1985 with a BA in Fine Art.
Grew up in Franklin, NH.
Was an accomplished watercolor painter in Massachusetts before moving to Los Angeles in 2000. Also worked as a waitress, ski area ticket seller, caterer, house painter, architectural renderer, and managed her family's dry cleaning business.
Lived on a house float in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, in the mid-1980s.