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New Work: The Face of MI

The Face of MI

The Face of MI
Ink on paper
11″ x 15″

This piece appeals to my interests in symbolism and textile design. As I mentioned earlier this month, I am currently doing a lot of printmaking, and in particular, relief printing. Read more


Looking Back @ 2014

The past year was full of so many new and exciting and terrifying things. There were lots of tears (joy and sadness), lots of ups and downs, lots of questioning, but I have to say I think I came out stronger on the other end. I’m so excited for what the next year will bring, but I want to take a moment to remember some of the good things of 2014.


  • I spent time with my loved ones and did some traveling.

  • I got accepted into and started grad school in Chicago, which allowed me to meet and work with some amazing artists and people (Gregg Bordowitz, Molly Zuckerman-Hartung, Matthew Buckingham, Laurie Palmer, Joseph Carr, Michal Lynn Shumate, Lynn Tillman, Josiah McElheny, and the whole class of 2016).

  • I saw, in person, paintings that I had grown up only seeing pictures of at the Art Institute of Chicago.

  • I presented my thoughts on the work of Kira Lynn Harris to KLH herself along with my cohort and the LRMFA faculty.

  • I had a one-on-one studio critique with Joseph Grigely.

  • I had group critiques with Glenn Ligon and Wu Tsang.

  • I submitted a bunch of job applications, got a few interviews, and finally got a great job at an art museum where I met some more wonderful people.

  • I cheered on my brother at various shows including a concert where he opened for Robert Cray and another where he played alongside recent Grammy winners Snarky Puppy.

  • I taught lots and lots of little ones and grew as an educator.

  • I participated in a couple art shows and made lots of new work.

  • I donated work to diabetes-related causes.

  • I attended helpful workshops and participated in online classes.

  • I received valuable feedback and advice from my mentor Janet Niewald.

  • I worked with an international musician on a series of T-shirts.

  • I met and talked to the artist and creator of Medical Avatar, Virgil Wong.

  • I made a special painting for a friend. 

  • I celebrated five years with my boyfriend!

My goal for 2015 is mostly to keep working really hard. Managing my time this past semester was quite challenging because I had so much going on, but I’ve already seen the hard work pay off so I know it’s worth it. I have lots of secret projects in mind for the near future (they’re only secret because that’s how I like it at first), and some of those projects involve the structure and content of this site. Another ongoing goal of mine is to keep this place updated and interesting. I love sharing my work and process with whoever happens to stumble across my name or website and I appreciate all of you who have spent a little time here with me. So in closing, thank you and Happy New Year!!


Still Here


I’ve been absent for a couple weeks now and my excuse is just that I’ve been busy (this is a valid excuse, I promise). Anyway, things are wrapping up (no pun intended) as the holiday season quickly approaches, so I am finally finding time to return to the things I’ve had to place on the back burner recently.

Today I am finishing the first paper of my graduate school career (it has been no easy task, but it’s almost done!) Maybe I will post the finished paper in its entirety on the site later, or at least a link to it…but here is a peek:

Picture 8

In the next two weeks I will teach my last museum classes and gifted art classes of the year. Here are some of the projects we have been or will be working on:


Literal art gouache paintings


Monochromatic paintings


Abstract sculptures inspired by Chihuly’s glass pieces

My goals for this month are to finish a commissioned painting, start a new personal project (which I’m really excited and will share details about soon), and relax! I have a lot more to do, but I’ll spare you the list. Hopefully I will be able to post on here more frequently again, but for now, here is some more evidence that I have been alive and well:







New Work: I Got 99 Problems…

I Got 99 Problems But High Blood Sugar Ain't One Right Now

I Got 99 Problems But High Blood Sugar Ain’t One Right Now
20″ x 20″

When you’re dealing with a chronic illness, it’s important to maintain some level of positive thinking. I believe in silver linings so I choose to be optimistic about my situation. This isn’t always the case, but I try, and I think that’s the important part. This painting is a celebration of seemingly small accomplishments like good blood sugar levels. The number 82 is framed as if it is some special achievement, because that’s often what it feels like to diabetics, especially after a bad day or a high blood sugar streak. For those of you who don’t know, the ideal blood sugar level range is 70 to 130 mg/dL (milligrams per deciliter). This is a pretty small range to stay within.

I Got 99 Problems... (detail)

Personally, my blood sugar levels tend to resemble a roller coaster, which isn’t the best scenario, but I’m working on getting them more stable. Tomorrow I will share my last new painting and then let you guys know what I’ll be working on next :]


Hello 2014!


Yikes!! A new year already? Crazy. I’m feeling like 2014 is going to be a big year for me… Right now it’s full of plans and possibilities, but things don’t always go as planned, so that’s kind of intimidating. I’m very excited about those possibilities though. Hopefully this is the year that I get to spend more time creating my own business and perhaps I’ll also start working on my MFA. Now that I’m done with my application portfolio, I can also dedicate time to all my other art project ideas.

I’m not very good at keeping up with new year resolutions, so I’m going to try to keep it simple this time around. I make small goals all the time and I’ll continue to do that, but my main goal is to maintain a logbook with my blood sugar levels. If you’ve read my recent posts that briefly describe complications of diabetes, you know that good blood sugar control is a really important part of avoiding those complications. I’m hoping that keeping a logbook will remind me to check often and also help me notice patterns.

I hope you are starting off this new year in good spirits whether you’re excited about the future or just scared about it. A new year doesn’t really change anything, but if it helps you, look at it as a fresh start and an opportunity for you to make changes yourself. Start with small steps, but don’t be afraid to dream big :] Cheers!


My Art Bucket List

  1. Own a big studio connected to my house
  2. Sell my work internationally
  3. Paint an outdoor mural
  4. Complete a big collaboration piece
  5. Get into a great grad school
  6. Get a Masters degree in fine arts
  7. Paint in Italy
  8. Complete an artist in residence program
  9. Give workshops
  10. Have a solo exhibition in a famous museum/gallery
  11. Visit the MoMA
  12. Visit the Louvre
  13. Visit the Van Gogh Museum
  14. Purchase a painting by Diane Patton
  15. Purchase a painting by Eric Fitzpatrick
  16. Make a painting 5’x8′ or larger
  17. Paint a life-size version of the Last Supper
  18. Illustrate a book
  19. Design a piece of clothing
  20. Paint on a beach
  21. Paint in one of those fields where all the cows are
  22. Sell my work at a festival
  23. Paint at a concert