Many experiences have broadened her personal aesthetic and fueled her passion for art. She worked on an archaeological dig in Belize. She took college students to Kenya, to Cambridge University, England, and to Mexico’s Yucatan. She studied batik in Java, weaving in Guatemala and Mesoamerican art history at the University of Guanajuato in Mexico. She has taken sabbaticals in Italy and San Miguel de Allende, Mx. She was awarded a Fulbright-Hayes fellowship to Argentina and another to India, a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to study Mayan art throughout Mesoamerica, and an Educational Leadership grant from the National Education Association for service learning work in Quintana Roo, Mexico. Personal travel has taken her to places with rich artistic traditions as diverse as Tibet, UAE, Morocco, Fiji, Turkey, Indonesia, Peru and Egypt, to name a few.
Her work is inspired by her extensive travels and varied life experiences as well as her deeply rooted knowledge of art history. While she regularly incorporates several media in her works, most often she uses various combinations of photography, acrylics, and encaustics with oils. Even while teaching she actively produced art work and exhibited widely, having been in more than 50 museum exhibitions. Her work is in numerous public and private collections. She is now a full time artist enlivened by New Mexico's high desert and the American West.