Bachelor of Fine Arts, Swain School Design, New Bedford, Massachusetts, 1978. Master of Fine Arts, City University of New York, 1980.
Teacher drawing and painting, 1990-1991. Instructor Brooklyn College, City University of New York, 1993-1996, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, New Jersey, since 1994. Lecturer Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, New York, 1989, New York Studio School, 1994, Station WFDU-television, 1996, Woodstock television, 1997, Wagner College, Staten Island, New York City, 1999, ArtLab, Staten Island, 2001, Hawaii International Conference Arts & Humanities, 2003.
Instructor New York Academy Art, New York City, 1993, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina, 1997, Chosun University, Kwangju, Republic of Korea, 1999, William Paterson University, Wayne, New Jersey, since 2000.
President Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, 1988-1989. Chairperson pastoral relations Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims, Brooklyn, 1993-1994.
Married John Michael Lima. 1 child Jessica Mae Lima McCarthy.