A bit about me
I was born in the USA and we moved around a lot when I was younger. I now live in a small coastal town in eastern Canada, where the rhythm is slow and there is an abundance of open space.
I am home here.
I have been making art since I can remember. Lucky for me, I had parents who supported creativity. Whenever it would thunder outside, mom would make us "home made Play-Doh" with flour, water and food coloring and we would play for hours at the kitchen table. To this day, I still love thunder. My dad let me paint a mural on an entire wall in the basement of our home when I was only 13 years old. Whenever we'd get company, he would bring them downstairs to show them and my heart would grow ten sizes.
After graduating high school, I worked at several jobs not related to the arts, mostly because I doubted my ability to make a living as an artist and subconsciously, I knew I needed to get myself a "real" job. So I did everything, from a cashier to a bank teller to an administrative assistant (secretary back then) to a Correctional Officer in a maximum security prison. It took until my late twenties for me to decide that I'd finally had enough of working at jobs that didn't feel like "me". So on the advice of an art teacher I had in my teens, I finally decided to go to college and study Graphic Design.
Over the past 25+ years, I have worked as a graphic designer, an illustrator, a part time college teacher and in an office job. I've always felt a nudging towards a life that is more heart centered, but over the last few years, it's become more of a push than a nudge. This website is my first step towards a life that includes more art, writing and meaningful connections.
I value freedom and solitude more than anything. I also believe art has the ability to heal. Developing a habit of making art almost every day as a practice has kept me grounded in a world that often feels like it's falling apart. Art and writing as a form of self expression has given me the gift of perspective and sometimes, just getting things out on paper (or canvas) is all you need to find your way to a more peaceful life.
Welcome to my world. I hope you find inspiration here that helps you quiet the noise around you and guides you towards a life that is more aligned with your own heart.