Welcome, and thank you for visiting my website.
I am a self-taught artist with a computer science background. Yep, I am one of the left-brain turned right-brain person. Actually, both sides of my brain are fully functional 😀 I worked as a computer programmer for over four years before deciding to stay home and raise my family after my first child was born. I put my career on hold as I spent time with my children and watched them grow up. As each of them left home to pursue higher education, I found myself drawn into the world of art. I started working in watercolor, hand lettering, and surface pattern designing. I also dove into Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, and Procreate.
While many people might think that science and art school are mutually exclusive, I am living proof that is absolutely not true. I can truly say that my training as a computer programmer and all those critical and analytical skills I learned in my earlier years have helped me as I found my way in the digital and visual art worlds. They have given me the confidence to tackle the creative world of Adobe and Apple. And they have also given me the flexibility and ability to work in both the digital and visual art worlds.
I have done projects ranging from wedding invitations, custom stationery, window display art, large-scale wall murals, coffee shop signage, commissioned artwork, logo designs, graphic designs for promotional flyers, display slides, and t-shirt design. I also had the opportunity to work on a TV set of “We’re The Campbells” (TV One Cable Channel) as a hand letterer doing a wall mural as part of a room makeover episode.
On June 18, 2019, I was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer. Since that time, my goal with my art has changed. In my own journey, I know my faith in Jesus has kept me grounded but I also see how art has played an important part. It has helped me find a quiet place where I can go and forget about all the problems even if it’s only for a few hours. I have the opportunity to meet many wonderful and strong women who are at different stages in this journey. I love the sisterhood in the community, that’s why I want to give back. Currently, I am still in active treatment, but I haven’t stopped painting at home and teaching classes.
While I still do commission and freelance work, I am now more focused on helping people use art asone of the tools to help them in their path to healing, whether it’s physical, mental, or emotional healing. I currently work with the elderly and teach watercolor classes on a weekly basis. The classes are geared to help them “stay vital and connected” which can help them “ward off the depression that often comes with aging.” 1
I will be teaching a Creative Expression Art class in November 2019 at a local hospital. This class is one of their many support programs for their cancer patients designed to enhance their quality of life. You can find out more about my classes here.
I am also a certified facilitator for the Art4Healing® method.
As a commission and freelance artist, I take both private and commercial clients. I welcome commissioned work for magazine editorials, packaging, greeting cards, and promotional goods. I believe understanding my clients’ needs and styles are essential in helping me give them the best service. At the end of each project, I would like my clients to be completely satisfied, not only with the result but with the experience as well. I always
try my best to make the whole process as pleasant and easy as possible. I am a firm believer that creating art is all about finding joy in the process.
Thank you again for stopping by. Please drop me an email if you have any questions about classes or commission work.