Pacia Sallomi is a Professor at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin, where she has taught since 1997. Her courses range from all levels of painting and drawing to international courses such as: Travel Writing and Sketching in Italy.

Her education in the arts began as a child living in Bavaria visiting the museums of Europe. She studied different forms of dance throughout her life—Ballet, Modern, African, Belly Dancing, Country Swing and most recently Argentine Tango. Her fascination with the life of the body led her to study Nutrition at the University of California, Davis and she eventually became a licensed midwife in New Mexico where she attended homebirths for ten years. During this time she also worked as an editor for Mothering magazine and co-authored a booklet about the legal status of midwifery in each state, called Midwifery and the Law. She attended the founding organizational meeting of MANA (Midwives Alliance of North America.)

During her time in New Mexico, Pacia studied photography and Japanese porcelain wheel techniques at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, eventually receiving an MA in Art Education. She took her first painting class at UNM with Martin Facey who introduced her to the spiritual inquiry of color. She received her MFA in Studio Arts with an emphasis in painting and photography at Texas Tech University in 1997.