I grew up in the Berkshires in a family of painters.My brother and sisters all paint. My mother, Helen Suzette Alsop, still paints in her 80’s, and my grandmother (also a painter) took us to museums in New York practically as soon as we could walk.I received a B.A. in European History at Wheaton College in Norton, MA, and then went back to get an MFA in printmaking and painting at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.I taught at the Putney School, the Choate Rosemary Hall School, and spent 18 years as head of the visual art department at the Dana Hall School in Wellesley, MA, teaching painting, drawing, architectural design, sculpture and art history.For twelve years I also worked with the performing arts department to design and build sets for the fall plays and spring musicals.
To balance the intense load of teaching, I have always painted, exhibiting new work in 15 solo shows and many group shows all over New England.I have also continued to take courses at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Decordova Museum School in Lincoln, MA, the Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven, CT,and the Vermont Studio School in Johnson, VT.For many summers I have participated in workshops and residencies with Lois Tarlow in Taos, NM.
I live in Easthampton, MA where I am painting in the One Cottage Street Studios.