From the time I was a child, I've always been creative - drawing, crafting, embroidering, making. Though I enjoyed creating, the little voice in my head said that wasn't a place to make a career so I went hard left brain into engineering. Though I wouldn't trade the experiences I had in my first career, it wasn't fulfilling my creative side. The little voice told me to follow my dreams to architecture school. I took art classes so I could develop a portfolio. I left my job. I moved to Virginia. I found love. I learned many things in architecture school, but mostly that I needed a life of creativity. Though I didn't become an architect, I've been leading a creative life since.
Much of my creativity since architecture school was in the realm of graphic design. I’ve been the director of a small history museum where I created exhibits. I’ve developed websites for several local history organizations. I’ve authored several local history books and wrote winning grant proposals. I’ve worked at the local university where I was an architecture intern and more. I designed brochures, posters, and cards. I wrote the text and created the preliminary design for an award-winning Virginia history book. I designed and developed driving tour brochures. I’ve become good friends with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign and ArcGIS. But I’ve also crafted and made art during this time and have found that is where my heart lies.
My goal is to make my living from art and illustration. While I've had an art-related Etsy shop since 2010, I got serious with a 2016 New Year's resolution to draw each day. I have drawn most every day since and posted that work on Instagram. Make Art That Sells, Creative Bug, the 100 Day Project, #ifdrawaweek, and the John C. Campbell Folk School have provided inspiration and instruction.
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