As a teenager she traveled on the Trans-Siberian railway to England where she attended secondary school.
In her early 20s she came to Australia and ended up in Melbourne.
She lived in St Kilda and enjoyed the company of the European Jews living there.
She loved the prints they had on their walls – Picasso, Miro, Roualt, Braques etc – and the music they listened to – modern, jazz and classical. It opened her eyes.