My first serious interest in art-making came when I was required to take a mandatory art class in the 11th grade. There, I learned that art is very challenging, but also a learnable skill.
I went on to earn my BFA in Art Education with a teaching certification for PK-12. I taught part-time in schools for three of my four years in art school, and made a lot of art along the way.
Then, I earned my MA in Art Education in museums, during which I interned/worked in several art museums and art galleries. However, while SO busy in grad school, I stopped making art. In fact, in the summer of 2015, I was working at an art gallery outside of Denver, and my boss said to a customer,
Apparently you have to make art to be considered an artist. Who'd have thought?
This was rude-awakening and I returned to art-making Spring 2016 after the completion of my masters degree.
Since then, I've fallen in love with illustration and making stories come to life. I now have a lovely studio in my home where I work primarily with gouache, watercolors, acrylics, and digital technology.
My current goals are:
1. License illustrations in magazines.
2. Illustrate a children's book (hopefully many!)
3. Earn an MFA in Illustration
4. Get an agent
5. Never stop learning
Q & A
Gouache, watercolors, colored pencils, acrylics, and digital.
What would you be if you weren't an artist?
Scientist or engineer.
I work best when I sketch in the evenings as I've found that's when I'm the most creative. Then, I transfer the final sketch to nicer paper. In the morning, I go into my studio and work on the final piece.