Arlene was born and raised in rural Prince Edward County, Ontario. Her combined love of art, geography and math led her to a 20-year career as a cartographer. During that time her artistic interests were guided by a number of artists through various art schools and societies in southern Ontario and northern Manitoba. From 2002 until 2017 she lived in the historic village of Elora, Ontario. Throughout most of that time, she was the General Manager of the Elora Centre for the Arts. In 2013 she and her husband Chris opened up a Retail Upcycled Furniture/Art business in Elora. In 2017 they moved to the outskirts of Walters Falls and built a passive solar home and a studio/showroom/shop, where they are happy to be creating again.