My creativity and artistic interest has been a thread running through the fabric of my life. Raised in a environment where creativity was nurtured and encouraged, I experimented with just about every kind of creative expression from finger paints to technical drawing. Believing a career in art would not sustain me, I chose to train as a Technical Illustrator, a safer more believable career path. I stumbled across graphic design during my training, fell in love with the medium and now have over 20 years of experience as a designer and illustrator. My career also includes creative leadership, art direction, brand identity, product design and marketing; all of which combine to provide the knowledge and skills to collaborate on a wide variety of projects.
My artwork is a heartfelt reflection of the beauty and wonder of nature, whimsical memories from my childhood, and from watching my own children as they encountered the world and discovered the wonder in everyday simple things. I make my home in the beautiful Pacific Northwest surrounded by trees and wildlife. I live with my husband and a stable of pets, three Welsh Corgi’s (a rather spirited one, one that is basically a door stop and a puppy with more energy and hair than I thought possible ), a black-panther-esque kitty. We also raised three wonderful adult children; a daughter and two sons.
I was formally trained as a Technical Illustrator, learning skills in architectural and mechanical illustration. Most of my art and illustration skills have been honed from years of curiosity and surrounding myself with wonderful people who share their knowledge and skills. I have taken a ton of professional courses in traditional art methods as well as digital mediums.