Welcome to my art and writing portfolio!
Since the age of two, I have been making art. My mother, who was also an artist, taped paper to the kitchen floor and let me paint. I grew up surrounded by my parent's wildlife art business in a home that was a large studio in the country, and have a BA degree from the University of Northern Iowa. For the last twenty-one years, I have been a professional graphic designer and artist in four states: Iowa, Illinois, New Mexico, and Colorado.
I've created packaging for Coleman, Lowes, Expo Dry Erase Markers, and Aldi Grocery Stores. I've also worked for National University of Health Sciences, The Red Cross in New Mexico, and the New Mexico Film Union. Currently, I am a designer for Jefferson County Public Library in Colorado. I know Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, After Effects, and Premiere. I have designed campaigns, flyers, and posters, as well as managed illustration and video projects.
My subject matter in painting has been plants, trees, and interesting flowers. I traipse all over to find examples of color and form that interest me, using only my photography. Since I grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, I was influenced by Grant Wood and many landscape artists, plus my father was also a horticulturist. I primarily use watercolor or acrylics, but have experimented with wood cut printmaking and encaustics.
I want to continually find challenging projects and experiment with new ideas, supplies, or computer software. I have been writing a book THE GHOSTS OF PINOS ALTOS and have just finished the third draft. The synopsis and first chapter can be read here.
If you have a question or comment about my work, please reach out. I'd love to hear from you. Contact me at email@example.com.