I was raised in New Jersey, just outside of New York City where Regular trips into New York and Philadelphia opened to me a large, somewhat daunting, but very exciting, cosmopolitan world.
With the promise of extensive work abroad, I chose to study at a small liberal arts college in northern New York state: Saint Lawrence University. Four years later, I had spent a productive academic year in Europe, gained an intellectual foothold and appreciation for the major shifts within Western art, and developed a strong interest in drawing and printmaking.
After graduating in 1973, I moved to the Midwest and balanced printing and drawing with theatrical design and painting, as well as furniture design with my husband, Craig Campbell. It was during this decade that we also had our three children: Maggie, Charlie and Willa.
As a family, we made the decision in 1986 to move to Iowa so that I might attend graduate school at the University of Iowa for an MFA in printmaking. My graduate work culminated with the purchase of a century old building on the main street of Marion, Iowa in 1991which allowed me to concentrate on my studio work and establish with Craig a gallery.
Campbell Steele Gallery is now 20 years old- exhibiting art in all media. Our children are grown and live in different cities. I have enjoyed teaching with the excellent faculty at Coe College in Cedar Rapids since 1995. And, throughout this entire time, I have pursued studio work that focuses on figurative and botanical subjects.