Stern was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Colorado Springs after living in New York City and Washington, D.C. She also practiced as a Certified Public Accountant in Colorado Springs, CO. After her son left for college, she started to paint seriously. She was fortunate to study under excellent teachers, such as Quang Ho, Eric Bransby, Herman Raymond, Desmond O’Hagan, Don Sahli, Kim English, Ray Vinella, Ned Muller, Chuck Mardosz, Sparkey LeBold to name a few. Her work has been shown in many galleries and museums across the country.
Stern believes that her art represents a culmination of her life experience and her interest in traveling internationally and domestically, history, literature, classical music, opera and foreign languages. She is fluent in English, Japanese and Italian. Her work reflects her exposure to and experience in diverse cultures. Wherever she travels and whatever she experiences, she sees the world as a parade of possible paintings, and she wishes to convey these sensations to the viewer.