I got started as a young girl doodling and creating new worlds, letting my imagination run wild. As I grew older it was clear that I would want to pursue a creative career and experience the world outside of my small Midwestern town. So I packed my bags and flew to the west coast to hone my skills as a traditionally trained Illustrator at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California.
In school my focus was mainly working traditionally in children's art, but soon I found my artistic voice getting lost in the saturated creative San Francisco scene. I then decided it was best to take a break not knowing it would be over 10 years until I was brave enough to pick up a pencil once again. During this period I immersed myself into my other passion, everything plants; becoming more in tune with nature, new skills and most importantly myself. I believe this journey away from art was necessary for me to come back with a strong individual expressive point of view and style.
This new chapter in my life has been challenging yet exciting with big hurdles I thought could never be accomplished. I began to teach myself Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop to expand my artistic abilities! But even tougher was moving away from what was my "home" for the last 16 plus years, the Bay area, to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state. I am looking forward to learning more about this incredibly beautiful area and what fresh inspiration it will bring.
The reason why I create is because I hope I can make the world a better and more positive place. My arts purpose is meant to inspire imaginations and making others smile.
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