When I was in kindergarten my teacher expressed concern to my mother regarding my affinity for the jumbo, black crayon. Little girls just don’t color with big black crayons! But my mother, in her wisdom, saw no problem with her bombastic first-born and allowed me to express myself with bold lines, endless sheets of paper, tempera paints, and music.
After high school, I attended Kendall School of Design, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I got my degree in Fine Arts, majoring in Illustration. A difficult degree in which to actually find work, I relocated to Florida and did everything from paste up to photo retouching. I married, had three children within three and a half years and put my career on hold; a choice I wouldn’t change for the world.
When our children were still in elementary school my husband had a career change and necessity dictated I go back to work. I began working as a commercial scenic artist. I had the talent but this particular field taught me how to work on a big scale. I got my hands into mediums I’d never played with before. It was fast-paced and exciting, albeit very physical at times. The education into set design and large-scale art was invaluable. Two years later however, in the spring of 2000, the studio closed its Florida doors.
At that time I established Interior Illustrations, Inc. Since then, I’ve had a successful business providing services in faux finishing, decorative painting, trompe l’oeil, murals and portraits. My education in fine arts paired with my scenic experience gives me an elite edge in this particular industry. Working closely with Interior Designers, builders, high-end homeowners and commercial proprietors, I’ve made old things look new, new things look old and graced many a wall with my bombastic creativity.