Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Muffin Bernstein returned to New Orleans in 2002 after her studies elsewhere and an apartment fire destroyed all of her past artworks and possessions. This loss spurred Muffin to explore new avenues of expression. After surviving Katrina, she decided nature would be the focus of her work. Bernstein currently lives in New Orleans, where she teaches art at the University level. She is focusing on her mandalas, exploring music video and video art, creating freelance graphics, and making deconstructive beauty masks.