Known especially for her dreamscapes, this magical realist and surrealist painter is also remembered for her portraits, still-life works and images of animals and plants.
After earning her bachelor's degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she received a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa and pursued additional coursework at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, England.
She taught at New York's Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art; Manhattan's School of Visual Arts; and her alma mater, the Art Institute of Chicago. Over the course of her life, she had close to eighty solo exhibitions, and she contributed pieces to the permanent collections at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art.
She grew up in Chicago, Illinois, as the daughter of Ellen and Howard Lanyon.
She and fellow 20th-century American artist David Bradshaw both became known for their prints and paintings.