• 1992-2001: Cornell University: Sanskrit Language, Classical Indian Philosophical Systems, Urdu, Islamic Art & Architecture, Studios in Drawing, Painting & Botanical Art
  • 1991: Syracuse University: M.A. Education
  • 1971: Delhi University: B.A. (English Honours); B.Ed.


  • 2000-Present: Teaching English as a Second Language, Learning Partners of Tompkins County
  • 1995-2002: Original cataloger, Cornell University Library
  • 1993-1995: Research Support Specialist, Division of Nutirtional Sciences, Cornell University
  • 1986-1992: Illustrated for Cornell & Ithaca College publications, The Bookpress, NYS Baroque; wrote & illustrated a children’s book
  • 1983-1985: Educational Consultant: Academy of Educational Development & NYC Board of Education
  • 1979-1982: Research & Teaching Assistant, Syracuse University


  • American Society of Botanical Artists
    • Lifetime Achievement Award, 2011
  • American Society of Botanical Artists / Horticultural Society of New York
    •  Award of Excellence, 2011: Prunus cerasus (cherries & blossoms)
    • Best of Show, 2008Kniphofia uvaria (red hot poker)
    • Best Painting, 2005Lathyrus odoratus (sweet pea)
  • Susan Kathleen Black Foundation in Naples, Florida—BLOSSOM: Art of Flowers
    • Best Botanical 2011, Three Spring Flowers
    • Juror’s Award for Excellence 2007, Tropaeolum majus (nasturtium)

Publications & Affiliations:

  • The Ramayana for Young Readers, Harper Collins, 1998
  • The Illustrated Mahabharata, HarperCollins (under contract)
  • Dragon Parade
  • Gautam Buddha (in progress)
  • Kaleidoscope, South Asia Newsletter
  • Plantations Newsletter, The Bookpress
  • Member of American Society of Botanical Artists, Learing Partners/Literacy Volunteers, Community Arts Partnership