Introverted ~ Urbanist ~ Creative ~ Quirky ~ Analytical ~ Endlessly Curious ~ Never Bored
The seven characteristics listed above are a pretty good start if you were to attempt to summarize who I am. I am proud of each and every one of them including the fact that I can be rather quirky in the sense that I have never been one to blend. I have come to learn that is a good thing.
Born in California, I was always a creative and artistic child. But even though I won awards in high school art classes, I never believed enough in myself to pursue a future in art. I didn’t even know you could go to school to study art, or that I could have found work within the creative side of business. Instead, I was forced to focus on survival in my twenties and then found a career path which eventually took me into the world data analytics (I discovered I have a knack for analytics in my 40s). It wasn’t until much later in life that I came to understand that I had some talent.
While all of this was going on, I managed to live in Seattle, Portland (OR), back to Seattle, then to Chicago, and in 2007 I finally fulfilled my lifetime dream of living in Manhattan. It was in New York that my career developed but my creative self was still shoved to the back burner.
It was in New York that I met my amazing husband and together we built a comfortable life. After several years of working hard we came to realize that maintaining our comfortable life was compromising our work/life balance and that living a simpler more stress free life was more valuable than having a coop on the Upper West Side. We came to the conclusion that it was time to leave New York and resettle in Philadelphia.
In January of 2018, we moved into an 1862 Greek Revival fixer-upper rowhouse in South Philly. Moving from our 790 sq ft apartment into a 2,000 sq ft house meant that I would for the first time be able to have dedicated space to work and with the simplification of things, I would be able to pursue art for the first time in my life.
Where this journey will take me is to be seen, but so far it looks like my medium will be woodcut printmaking. As I develop my skills and build a body of work, I plan to set up an online store and continue to find my creative self with new endeavors.