I was born and raised in Oxford, England, amid "dreaming spires" and a University dating as far back as 1237 CE. I left England in 1977 and have been living in the US ever since. My college career began at Santa Rosa Junior College. After sending my two children off to school all day, I decided to try out the educational system, which was "foreign" to me, and enrolled in a single class in order to challenge my house-bound brain. That was all it took for me to get hooked, and after first part time, then full time study, I emerged from the University of California, Davis, with a Master's degree in Art History. Teaching Art History is my passion. I love my subject and I love to pass on my enthusiasm to others. For several years I have been taking groups of students (and others) on adventures around the world, to see some of the great works of art in person, and to learn about other cultures first hand. I love to travel and enjoy introducing others to multicultural experiences. To date I have taken groups to Italy, Greece, Britain, and Egypt. Eygpt is a particular passion for me, and I have led twelve tours there, with hopes to visit again in the future. Outside of the classroom I have a real life, and yes, I do laundry and shop for groceries! I do not ALWAYS have my head in a book, although sometimes it feels like that. When the semester ends, I'm likely to be found packing my case ready for another adventure somewhere around the world!
Master of Arts, Art History, University of California, Davis, California, 1993.
Bachelor of Arts, Art History, Sonoma State University, California, 1987. Cum laude. Distinction in Art History.
Associate of Arts, Liberal Arts, Santa Rosa Junior College, California, 1984. Highest Honors.
Regular Faculty of Art History. Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, California. Fall 2001 to present.
Art Department Chair, 2011-2014.
Adjunct Instructor of Art History. Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, California. Summer 1990-Summer 2001.
Community Education Instructor. Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, California.
"Art Journals: Creating A Personal Anthology."
"Celebrating the Seasons: The Year in Art."
Teaching Assistant. University of California, Davis, California.
Subjects ranging from general surveys to specialized topics such as Oriental Art and History of Architecture.
Professional Areas of Interest
Ancient Egyptian Art.
PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS
Arts& Lectures Series SRJC:
"Keeping Up with The Joneses: Reality & Perception of Historic Homes of England", Spring 2014
"Egypt Ancient & Modern: A View Beyond the Classroom," Fall, 2004
Guest Lecturer at Community Groups, SRJC, SSU.
"Travels in Africa: Egypt"
"Art as Propaganda."
"European Art in the Age of Discovery."
"Celtic Roots of Irish Christianity."
HONORS AND AWARDS
Faculty Fund for Advanced Study Award, 2012
California State Graduate Fellowship, 1987-8, 1988-9
University of California Regents' Fellowship, 1987-8
American Association of University Women Scholarship 1985-6
Government of France Award of Honor in French, Santa Rosa Junior College, 1984