Lives & works in Lawrence, KS
As you can see in my timeline to the right, I have held several kinds of creative jobs.
After I gave birth to my first child in 2004, the Professor of Entomology for whom I was working died suddenly of a stroke. This was terribly sad and also put an end to that job for me. At that point, I was pregnant with my second child, so I decided to be a stay-at-home mom for a while.
When I took time off to raise my small children, I had no idea how hard it would be to get back into the job market!
I have often been described as a free spirit; I understand it's now called neurodiversity––which sounds about right.
As I get older, I'm finding more self-confidence and focus. I'm feeling my way, doing what seems right, looking for opportunities, throwing things out in the world, and looking to see what comes of it.
Have a great day
1966 Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana
1984 Graduated from Naperville North High School (suburb of Chicago)
1984-1988 Majored in Painting at the University of Kansas
1986-1987 Study abroad at the Université de Nice, FRANCE
1988-1989 Cosmetology School at Pivot Point International headquarters in Chicago
1989-1994 In-house graphics and illustration for Pivot Point International
1996 Graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a BA in Photography
1996 Moved back to Lawrence, KS
1996-1997 Freelance illustration on a special interactive educational project for American Management Systems, Inc.
1997-2000 Design, illustration, and drafting for Star Signs, Inc.
2000-2001 Customer service representative (soul searching after a major life event)
2001-2005 Scientific Illustration for a professor of Entomology at the University of Kansas
2004-present Mother (best job of my life!)
2010-2018 Intensive volunteering at the elementary school
2015-2017 I gave fitness instruction and personal training a shot : )
2018-2020 Standardized Patient for the School of Pharmacy at the University of Kansas (loved this work!)
2020-present Hanging out at Hallmark
For my very most recent status, please see my Now Page