Moved to New York City as a child from Antwerp, Belgium where she was born has made Cecile interested in and sensitive to people from foreign cultures. Raised in a musical family, she studied voice and choral singing at the HS of Music & Art and loved her art classes.

She went on to Queens College (BA) and earned a Master's Degree at Columbia University's School of  International  & Public Affairs dreaming she would represent the US at the world's most glamorous capitals.  Instead she worked at the Indonesian Consulate, the Afghanistani Delegation to the United Nations and developed an interest in their customs,  foods and languages while making new friends. She soon realized this was not a practical career choice.

She took courses in film, video and photography, obtained an Associates Degree from  New York University's Adult Education program and worked as a free-lance photographer covering events for the NY Chamber of Commerce, creating still-lifes for Advertisements and illustrations for textbook publishers. When photography transitioned to digital, she felt the need for expressing herself in a more meaningful fashion.  After further studies at Parsons and the Art Students League she exchanged her camera and lenses for paints, brushes and canvas. She travelled to exotic destinations such Morocco, Mexico and Spain and, in time her paintings became the ambassadors she once dreamed of: her work has been exhibited in France, Italy, Israel, China, Japan, and Morocco.