Lhotka graduated from Bradley University , where she majored in painting and printmaking. In 1992 she added a Macintosh computer to her studio tools and continues to innovate new approaches in her work.
Her artwork have been commissioned by or are included in over two hundred collections including Lucent Technologies, United Airlines, Johns Space Center, Jones Intercable, Microtek Labs, US Department of State, Charles Schwab, MCI, McDonnell Douglas and several American Embassies. Her works is in the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Albuquerque Art Museum.
Her work is shown internationally and appears in numerous books and articles featuring experimental media. She is listed in Who’s Who in American Art and Who’s Who in American Women.
She is a founder of the digital artist collaborative Digital Atelier. Other founding member are Dorothy Krause and Karin Schminke. The Digital Atelier® conducts research on digital imaging for fine art application.