about

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I was born and raised in Elmhurst, IL and never left.  After graduating York High School I attended the American Academy of Art in Chicago earning a degree in graphic design.  Working in advertising for 5 years I realized I hated it. So I put down the keyboard and picked up a paintbrush. 

After my first child was born I was fortunate to be able to stay at home to raise my two wonderful and talented children. This also gave me the opportunity to work on my own art and develop into the artist I am today.  I create in a wide range of mediums but my true love is creating pieces from found objects that I rescue from estate sales and thrift stores. I incorporate these once-loved treasures into my paintings, sculptures, jewelry and clothing.


ELMHURST ART MUSEUM

In 2013 I became an art instructor at Elmhurst Art Museum, teaching mixed media art classes for children and adults.  In 2015 I became the Education Programs Coordinator at EAM and began organizing and designing community projects to correspond with each museum exhibition. Each community art installation invites visitors of the museum to come and participate in art making of their own as well as contribute to a large shared installation art piece. Click here to view these projects. I have also conducted hands-on mixed media workshops for adults in collaboration with Lucky Junk in Arlington Heights. 

 

FLIGHT 112 GALLERY

From 2013-2018 I was the art director and curator for Flight 112, a local bar, restaurant and gallery in Elmhurst which rotates exhibitions approximately three times per year. Exhibitions include pieces of my own work in combination with other local artists.