Arlene was born in Ketchikan, the first city in southeastern Alaska, along the Inland Passage. She, along with her older and younger brother, enjoyed growing up in the land of "The Last Frontier" swimming, boating, and fishing on the wonderful waters of the inland passage. As a young woman Arlene came to the "lower 48". She and her husband Richard moved to Northwest Oregon and established a home near the Columbia River. Upon retirement they have moved to a family home of Richard's in Vancouver, Washington.
Arlene's paintings reflect the areas she has lived. Water and space are a part of the very fibers of her being and give peace to her and substance to her life and her art. Her work captures the scenic beauty of the Pacific Northwest along the lower Columbia River and much of her work contains subjects of historical interest and is reminiscent of an earlier time.