I am a fine artist, graphic designer, illustrator, and art teacher living in Santa Cruz, California. I create abstract-impressionist paintings and boho watercolor illustrations inspired by California and life in the Western United States. I also am a designer focusing on print work and branding. I live with my husband and young daughter and work from my home studio in Soquel village.
I grew up in rural New England, in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire in a small tourist town named Wolfeboro, "The Oldest Summer Resort In America". My childhood home was (and still is) on a lake, and the majority of my childhood memories are of spending time in the outdoors, soaking in the natural beauty that I was lucky enough to be surrounded by. I also poured large amounts of time into creating art during those long New England winters, and was always dancing and making music, or participating in theater. I am your classic Art/Music/Dance/Theater geek—organized sports were never my thing!
After spending two years in college in Connecticut, I had the opportunity to move to Breckenridge, Colorado for the summer, which quickly turned into me deciding I wanted to stay there indefinitely. Colorado is arguably one of the most inspiring places on this earth, and I wanted to soak up its beauty. Not to mention the people just felt like "my people"—outdoorsy, creative traveler-types from all over the country and the world. After a season of ski-bumming, I transferred to the University of Colorado in Boulder and graduated with a BA in Studio Art/Graphic Design and Cultural Anthropology. I spent several more years back in Breckenridge after that, working at a design studio that specialized in Branding and Advertising for the ski tourism industry and luxury real estate.
After 7 years in Colorado, solidly converted to a Westerner, I decided I wanted to experience life on the west coast (with a much milder climate!), and made a move to Santa Cruz, California. I chose this town for its climate, the fact that it had the ocean AND the mountains (I need trails like a fish needs water!), a thriving artist community, great music and dance scene, two colleges, and the endless opportunities of being connected to the Bay Area.
In 2015, I became a mother and have spent the last year focused mainly on motherhood and family. I re-entered the art and design world in 2017 with a renewed focus on print work, painting and illustration, and have been using my design skills to create a line of greeting cards and paper products that feature my own artwork. I am also working on a series of abstract-impressionist California landscape paintings, to be released in 2017.
My love of design comes from a lifetime passion for creating fine art. For as long as I can remember I have loved creating things by hand, especially with a paintbrush!