Bachelor of Fine Arts, University Washington, Seattle, 1970—1971. Master of Fine Arts, 1973.
Teaching assistant School Art, University Washington, 1971—1973. Illustrator DuPont Company, Wilmington, Delaware, 1973—1974, Boeing Vertol Company, Philadelphia, 1974—1975. Illustrator, program manager Boeing Company, Seattle, 1978—1984.
Judge art shows, since 1969. Executed mural Doctor L. Mellon-Boeing Vertol Medical Center, 1974. Commissioned by United States Information Agency, 1973.
Member of Northwest Council Camera Clubs (board directors 1991-1994, associate editor newsletter 1991-1994), National Museum Women Arts (charter member), University Washington Arboretum Foundation (unit president 1981-1983), Seattle Photographic Society (editor official bulletin Cable Releases 1985-1989, board directors 1986-1988), Photograph Society America (area representative 1985-1988, district representative since 1988, zone director 1994-1997), University Washington Alumni Association (life), Lambda Rho (past president).
Married Gerard Vaness Vaness. Children: Bette, Bruce, Helen-Cathleen.