Visual artist associated with the Beat Generation and best known for her painting "The Rose." She was based in the San Francisco Bay Area from 1950 until 1989.
She studied art at the University of California, Berkeley. Her high school art teacher had the greatest impact on her artistry.
She worked for eight years on her famous painting, "The Rose," which weighed a staggering 2,300 pounds.
She met her husband Wally Hedrick at the California College of Arts and Crafts.
She displayed her artwork at San Francisco's Six Gallery, where Allen Ginsberg also read "Howl," his iconic poem.