Alter re-entered the art world in 2004 after a long, successful career in information technology. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Art Education from Glassboro State College (now Rowan University). Alter has multiple sclerosis (MS) and her art provides her with a respite from the difficulties of her condition. She is an award-winning painter and printmaker who explores the organic and clinical structures of MS and her personal response to them. Alter uses a variety of techniques including dry point etching, monotypes, and collage. She is a member of the Cheltenham Printmakers Guild and the American Color Print Society. Her work has been shown in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.