Bachelor of Fine Arts, University South Carolina, Columbia, 1977. Master of Fine Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, 1979.
Art teaching assistant VCU, Richmond, 1977—1979. Production director Crown Point Pure Silk, Oakland, California, 1980—1985. Coordinator artsplash children's program Arts Council Franklin County, Greenfield, Massachusetts, 1989—1991.
Instructor visual arts department Holyoke Community College, 1989—1995. Instructor visual arts Stoneleigh-Burnham School, Greenfield, 1990—1995, Bement School, Deerfield, since 1995.
Board member Franklin County Arts Council, Greenfield, 1988.
Married Peter Thompson Pettengill. Children: James Stewart Pettengill, Olivia Lark Pettengill.