Stafford is deaf in her right ear and has been painting since the age of fourteen. She lived in Soquel for most of her life, and has always been intrigued and inspired by the lush foliage and creek in that village. Stafford received her Bachelor of Art in Graphic Design in 1997 from San Jose University. She has art projects in a number of cities in California and in Boston, Massachusetts. Stafford’s driving passion is to create images that include and incorporate the surrounding environment of each public art project.