A painter of Lebanese and Greek descent, Asmar was born in Flint Michigan. Considered a child prodigy, she started drawing and painting at a very early age. She moved to Portland, Oregon with her parents as a small child and there she graduated magna cum laude from Lewis and Clark College, later obtaining her Master's of Fine Arts Degree at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Asmar was briefly employed by Boeing Aircraft and in 1954 she received her teaching certificate from the University of Washington. She would then go on to teach at Lewis and Clark College from 1955-1958. She has studied and traveled extensively throughout the Near East, Switzerland, France, Turkey, Yugoslavia, Italy, Greece and Lebabon.
A master of many media, Asmar is known for her many techniques, including paintings in oil, drawing in ink, pencil and pastel, tapestry, etching, lithography and engraving on metal, to name several. Her hand engraving of innovative designs for dinner- and household-wares for Nambe Mills in Santa Fe, NM are internationally recognized. Presently, she lives and works in Burbank, California.