Arlene attended Northeastern University in Boston, MA as a science major, but found herself drawn repeatedly to the walk across the tracks to the Museum of Fine Arts. There she spent many hours viewing the paintings that became the foundation of her passion for art.

Her early professional background in Clinical Laboratory Science was filled with microscopic views of cells and microorganisms stained with dyes of Malachite Green, Cresyl Violet, Prussian Blue and Congo Red. The vibrant colors and cellular forms provided visual nourishment while she spent time as an administrator in health care and in higher education, managing the details of finances and schedules.

Arlene is currently working in her studio at Holliston Mill.