Originally from Louisiana, Applegate has been a resident of Los Angeles for the last 50 years. She has been able to successfully combine her profession as an educational psychologist with her art. During her years as an art teacher, psychologist and special education specialist she was awarded two grants from the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department. These grants included an after school art program she designed for learning disabled students. The second grant was awarded in 1992 after the Los Angeles civil unrest. This was a community-based art collaborative program that was designed to help reunite the ethnically diverse community. Applegate's work has been exhibited throughout the United States. Her work was included in the legendary New York gallery of Allan Stone in his “Talent 2000” exhibition. Much of her current work involves issues related to water and the over consumption of our resources.