THE EARLY YEARS
New England childhood.
High school spent in “the region.” Darn it if I didn't live in Indiana, but I liked to say I was from a suburb of Chicago.
Graduate with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN.
Marry my hunka, hunka burnin' love, whom I met the the first week of my freshman year of college.
Move to NJ, a half hour from the Delaware Water Gap and 40 minutes from THE city.
First job with benefits at Kvaerner Engineering and Construction. A bullet on my resume from that time says I "earned an early promotion due to expedient project closeout." That sounds pretty good, doesn't it?
Move to Germany.
Work at Phyton Biotech GmbH. Have my "work reviewed by FDA auditor during a successful pre-approval inspection." Not bad.
See lots of European sites and drink tasty beers & wines.
Move to Chapel Hill, NC to live and love under Carolina blue skies.
Disengage from my engineering ways.
Work for Steinway Gallery in Chapel Hill, NC where I "interfaced with artists represented by the gallery." That means if an artist phoned I got to chat with him or her until the owner was ready to take the call. Also mat and frame art.
Watercolor painting exhibited at Visual Art Exchange in Raleigh, NC.
Handmade lampshades and lampstands exhibited at Trace Gallery in Raleigh, NC.
2000 - 2006
Earn a Certificate in Graphic Design from the School of Communication Arts, SCA, in Raleigh, NC, where I am presented with a Merit Award for Highest Achievement in Computer Graphic Design. SCA has since been rebranded as Living Arts College.
Join Design*Nation (D*N) as a freelance web designer. Pitch jobs, develop proposals, design comps, work one-on-one with customer, publish sites. Clients include: Carolina Meadows, Tangerine Dino, Alphanumeric, Biolex Therapeutics, Wilder Communications, Exploris (now Marbles), Structure House, Rey's Restaurant, Chapel Hill Service League, The Center for International Understanding (The University of North Carolina), Goodwill Community Foundation, The Billion (including the band's CDs and promotional materials). Most of these sites have been revamped.
Baby 1 is born.
Baby 2A and Baby 2B are born.
Lovingly say goodbye to D*N and plunge into stay-at-home momma world.
2007 - 2009
My mom dies from cancer.
Start Art for My Mom, a tribute to my mother in which I create a piece of art every day for a year.
Four months after my mom's death my dad dies unexpectedly.
Raise ~$4,000 from the sale of the art via ArtforMyMom.com, which is donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure - Triangle Affiliate, Chapel Hill Service League, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, The ArtsCenter, and CARE.
2010 - 2013
In between school carpool lines, too many volunteer positions to mention, swim team practices, choir rehearsals, Scout camping trips: design logo, t-shirts & posters for small Chapel Hill music festival, sew tooth fairy pillows, design cover art for local Chapel Hill bands as well as Washington-based Birdhouse Ministries CD, silkscreen pillows, direct & produce annual family home movies, and begin creating the art on this site!
2014 - NOVEMBER 2015
Solo Exhibition, Perch Coworking, Carrboro, NC (July - August 2014)
2nd Friday Art Walk, coverage by ArtsNow, scroll down for photo
Solo Exhibition, The ArtsCenter, Emerging Artist Series, Carrboro, NC (December 2014)
Group Exhibition, Visual Art Exchange, Members Challenge, Raleigh, NC (February 2015)
Group Exhibition, The Carrack Modern Art, Open Call Community Show, Durham, NC (June 2015)
Juried Group Exhibition, Visual Art Exchange, The Image Exhibition, Raleigh, NC (October 2015)
Juried Group Exhibition, Durham Art Guild's Room 100 Gallery at Golden Belt Arts, Fifty/50: Durham’s Edgiest Pop-up Art Shop, Durham, NC (November 2015)
DECEMBER 2015 - 2018
Well F. Get a cancer diagnosis, on my birthday no less. The details are boring, but they involve chemotherapy, radiation, and multiple surgeries. I hunker down, take a creative hiatus, and fight/ endure/ love/ I could add a hundred more verbs. I am currently N.E.D. (No Evidence of Disease,) and plan to stay that way for a very, very long time, thus my surge in cruciferous vegetable intake and almost daily exercise. Mindfulness, deep tissue massage, yoga, brewing kombucha, and acupuncture all make their way into my life and slowly so does art. Oh yeah, I also performed on stage as guitarist and singer with my pop-up band, Party of One, as part of a Girls Rock NC fundraiser!
Group Exhibition, The Carrack Modern Art, Rupture, Rapture, Revolution: Community Art Show, Durham, NC (January 25 - February 9, 2019)
Solo Exhibition, Open Eye Cafe, Carrboro, NC (February 2019)
Art Auction, Visual Art Exchange, VAE Gala, Raleigh, NC (February 16, 2019)
Group Exhibition, The ArtsCenter, 2019 Community Art Exhibit in the Nicholson Gallery, Carrboro, NC (March 2019)
Magazine Featured Artist, The Blotter, Cover, interior highlight and personal essay (May 2019)
Solo Exhibition, Perch Coworking, Carrboro, NC (June - July 2019)