I’m an artist from Planet Earth.
Over the course of many moons, I’ve worn many wacky, wonderful and weird *hats* that reflect my personality, interests, style, tastes, and ambitions. Influenced by the world around me, the variety of mediums explored are never ending.
Born a natural maker, my earliest years were spent in San Diego, California finding my voice in artsy things ranging from sand sculptures, spin art, painting ceramics, and more importantly becoming exposed to the wonders of travel. I was like most kids… decorating my room in spiderwebs, being a weekend party clown with my mum, and spending tons of time at Disneyland.
At age ten, my dad moved us to his home town of Cleveland, OH. As a young teenager, I began learning how to sew. Mostly deconstructing and reconstructing clothes, making stuffed monsters, and creating my own personal style.
I also began to focus on music, mostly guitar, and formed the Cleveland girl band Ragdoll Radio that spanned over the course of five years. High school was an interesting experience. I spent a lot of time learning black and white photography, developing fine arts, and exploring TV Production and Interactive Media. It was here that I realized that I had a knack for making things look interesting.
Later, I attended The Art Institute of Pittsburgh for Entertainment Design and Technology- which is “code” for the lost art of Special Effects and fabricating objects. Here I learned many different aspects of building forms, prop and mold making, make up, costumes, and sets. I went to art school to learn how to *make stuff*.
While attending college, I became a Teaching Artist at The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and also gained some experience in the haunt industry being an intern for Evilusions. During this time, I also became a founding member and superstar DJ of New Wave Rave, an epic underground dance party in Cleveland. This was a great outlet to share my profound love for music, and collaborate with set design and party planning.
For a while, I found myself living sort of a “double life” spending so much time in Cleveland but still living in Pittsburgh. Upon graduation, I landed an internship at Specter Studios, a renowned mask, prop, and costume manufacture company where every day was Halloween. It was pretty much a dream come true. After my internship, I decided it was time to move home for a well needed creative sabbatical and to lay low for a while.
Since then, there has been a lot of “figuring stuff out”. I was working at Jakprints for about a year and half sewing, assisting with embroidery,and prototyping. It was fun at first, but didn’t really fit into my ambitions artistically – it honestly just wasn’t really “going anywhere”. And that was okay! A change was needed.
I’m proud to say that I am forging a new path as a children’s librarian. Never in a million years did I think I’d be working in a library, but when I put it all into perspective, it’s one of the best places for a creative person like me to be. I have so much fun at work, and feel like I am making a difference in peoples lives every day.
These days, I’m able to focus on my art as a passion instead of stressing about it being a paycheck. I spend my time doing whatever inspires me to “Be Here Now”.
Every time is different, and I like that.
I go on a lot of adventures too… it keeps things interesting. I’ve been able to spend a lot of time with my family, my dog, my mister, my friends, and even strangers. Life is good, and for the first time in a long time, I feel like the things I am working on are a direct reflection of my state of mind. Although I haven’t been doing any freelancing or gallery shows, I am hopeful that this year will bring new opportunities, artistic adventures, collaborations, or whatever else decides to come my way.
If you are (or know) someone who dances to a similar beat, feel free to drop me a line and say “hey!”- the universe is filled with infinite magic and wonder that is just waiting to happen. 🙂