Before arriving on Monhegan Island in 1983, Daphne studied architecture at Carnegie-Mellon University. The skills she learned at the university became the foundation for the two-dimensional and sculptural artwork she has created over the years. As a student she was required to purchase tools for carving wood blocks in a printmaking class; she still carves with those tools and considers them cherished possessions.
During her early years on Monhegan, the subject matter and inspiration for Daphne’s art was influenced by the births of her four children, subsequent childrearing and the homebuilding project she and her husband initiated on Manana Island. These precious experiences continue to inform her work.
In 1997 she and her family began wintering in Kennebunkport, Maine.
In 2000 Daphne studied with John Ventimiglia at Maine College of Art. Over the years her commissioned work has included bronze sculpture, residential design, custom wood carving and furniture. She is co-founder and owner of Femme Fatile llc, which specializes in creating art installations in tile. Her current relationship with the Green Foundry, in Eliot, Maine, has allowed her to complete a growing number of bronze sculptures.