Behm was labeled as an artist from a very early age, thanks to parents who quickly realized that they needed to buy drawing paper for the little girl who kept taking books off of their shelves and drawing pictures all over the pages.
Her education includes the University of Minnesota Art School, St. Petersburg Jr. College in Florida, where she obtained an Associate's in Fine Arts degree, and San Diego State University, her last official stop as an art student undergraduate, studying ceramics, metal working and enameling. Behm has continued taking classes throughout her life in painting and illustration.
She moved to the Portland area from Napa, Calif., in July 1990 and started a jewelry business that she focused on for 12 years.
In early 2003, Behm met fellow McMenamins artist Jenny Joyce, with whom she connected instantly. Joyce invited Behm to come and "paint for a day" at the Hotel Oregon. Behm quickly found her "home" among the other artists and the company as a whole and has enjoyed steady work as one of our core artists ever since.