Äbby has a Degree in Fine Arts from NMC in Traverse City, MI. She has spent the past 25 years working in large scale, painting murals for Public Art projects, museums, commercial, and private clients around the US and Mexico. Her latest work, locally, won the Petoskey Chamber of Commerce Beautification Award for the restoration of a century old "ghost sign". She volunteers her skills to set finishing for Little Traverse Civic Theatre. When not painting, she can be found foraging for wild mushrooms with her 3 dogs.