I grew up in the ravines, barns, thrift stores and parking lots of Kitsap County in the northwestern corner of Washington State. My mother tells stories about me drawing giraffes with necks as tall as my little toddler reach could go when I only knew enough to deny I'd drawn them on the freshly painted walls of our rental apartment. High school art classes allowed me to sit with an incredibly talented group of artists focusing my interest in the arts. In 2002, I graduated with my Bachelors Degree in Art Education from Western Washington University. I chose fibers as my studio concentration within the WWU Art Department mostly due to my admiration of Professor and Artist, Mark Newport. At WWU, I had a supportive artist community that supported my exploration of new mediums. I took my first teaching position in Andover, Massachusetts working with 6th, 7th & 8th grade art students. New England was absolutely wonderful for providing me the opportunity to explore a completely new region of the U.S., meet inspiring educators and artists, and find new opportunities to show my work. In 2005, I returned to the Pacific Northwest be closer to my family and friends. My work in the field of art education continued in the non-profit sector with the arts organization Coyote Central. Since 2008, I have settled in my hometown of Poulsbo, WA in a program coordinator position with the Northwest College of Art. I enjoy the unpolished green and slower paced lifestyle of my small hometown community. I continue to draw, stitch, and make. 

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