Born and raised in the suburbs of NYC, I began my undergraduate work at the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1969. Almost immediately I found myself swept up by the prevailing anti-war movement of that time. It probably wasn’t much of a coincidence that just two years later, in 1971, I moved farther west to Eugene, Oregon. There, I soon met my future husband, Nick Gallo. Over the next seven years we split our time between rural Oregon—where we picked fruit to support ourselves—and Eugene, where we both attended the university. In 1979, I graduated from the University of Oregon with a BFA in Printmaking.
That year we moved to Seattle. In 1981, I started L. D. Brown Framing, a picture framing business that I operated for seventeen years. In 1984, I co-founded Pressworks, a printmaking cooperative that has endured to this day. I have taught as an artist-in-residence; ran my own summer art workshops for 6-12 year olds; and taught classes at the Seattle Art Museum, along with other teaching gigs. In 1998, I began teaching commercial printmaking full time at Stadium High School in Tacoma until 2016 when I retired. I now teach through Path with Art working with low income and people recovering from homelessness, along with still pursuing my own artwork.
In 2017 with a new administration in the white house I began a Internationl Project working with two women from Oaxaca, Mexico called Beyond Borders: Oaxaca-Seattle Exchange. It is a Cultural Exchange of 40 printmakers, 20 from each city. This is inter-generational show with each printmaker having a connection with the other city, from emerging artists to experienced artists. It is showing in Oaxaca in the summer of 2019 and in Seattle in the fall 2019.
Over the years, I have exhibited my prints in many different venues, including national and international shows. I have had my work included in catalogues; I have won many awards throughout the Northwest. My work is represented in the collections of the City of Renton, Seatac, and Mountlake Terrace and in Harborview Medical Center as well as many private collections.