About Me

In 1987, I was working in Chicago as a medical reporter. I bemoaned to a coworker that I needed something different to do on vacation, and she suggested taking a class at the Oxbow Art Colony. On the morning I arrived at the departure point in back of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and saw a yellow school bus full of teenagers, I nearly turned around and drove home.

Luckily for me, I didn’t.

Instead, that week of drawing and painting opened my eyes to a new way to see. The light falling on telephone poles suddenly became exquisitely interesting. The interplay of light and shadow became an object of fascination. And hence, my artistic side was unleashed.

Since then, I have explored a wide variety of media, from printmaking to photography to embroidery (much to my dearly departed Mom’s surprise!). I also shifted career paths, from journalism and editorial work to graphic and web design. As of late, my professional interest and path has shifted to user experience (UX) design, which is the practice of building applications and websites that provide the best experience for their users.

In 2015, I started participating in the annual, Instagram-based #The100DayProject, started by Elle Luna of The Great Discontent. The discipline of a daily creative practice has helped me to discover my voice and to gain confidence in myself as an artist, and it has expanded my virtual creative community.

Workshops

Arrowmont School of Crafts » The boro esthetic (Jody Alexander) » Encaustic collage (Erin Anfinson) » Drawing with thread (Rebecca Ringquist) » The stitched canvas (Jennifer Reis) » Painting/collage (Holly Roberts) » Embroidered portraits (Lauren DiCioccio)

Penland School of Crafts » The art of fabric collage (Jason Pollen) » Encaustic painting (Celia Gray) » Screen printing on fabric (Clare Verstegen) » Embroidering maps (Melinda Barta) » Illustrating personal narrative (Ruth Marten) » Printing on silk (Sissy Siska) » Bookmaking (Julie Leonard) » Paper sculpture (Betty Oliver) » Polaroid transfer (John Reuter) » Monotype/collagraph printing (Ila Prouty) » Jewelry (Mary Ann Scherr)

Art & Soul Retreat » Sally Jean Alexander, Claudia Hellmuth, and others

Oxbow Art Colony (multiple years) » Holly Greenberg, collagraph; and others

Woodstock School of Art » Monotype

Art League School of the Torpedo Factory » printmaking workshops with Penny Barringer and Allen Kaneshiro; abstract painting; collage

Smithsonian Institution Resident Associate Program » multiple workshops

Recognitions

Brooch selected for inclusion in Cloth, Paper, Scissors Reader Challenge Nov/Dec    2013

Art of Improvisation article and encaustic piece featured in inaugural issue of Mixed Media Art Magazine    2013

“Dispatches from Climacterica” postcard set selected for exhibit Reve(a)ling Feminist Art , Gallery 123, George Mason University    2010

Printing & Graphic Communications Association Award of Excellence, Poster    2003

Creative Network invitational logo show    2002

Art Directors Club/DC Annual Shows website, dinner invitation/program   2000–1

Advertising Club/DC Addy Annual Show Merit Award logo and stationery     2001

Typographic work published in Working with Computer Type 4: Experimental Typography    1997

Illustrations selected for design student show, Anderson Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University   1996

Three monotypes selected for student show, Dadian Gallery Annex exhibition, “Empowering Monotype”    1992

Monotype “Obelisk” selected for two shows: Fragments from a Pilgrimage, Dadian Gallery and Creative Monotypes: Selected Works, Lipsett Gallery, NIH    1992

Monotype “Four Aspects of Life” received Merit Award, summer student show, Woodstock School of Art    1992