I was born in Texas. Yee-Haw! As a military brat I was lucky enough to live in Athens, Greece where I saw the Parthenon, the Acropolis and a bunch of other really old rocks, (at least that is what I thought they were at the time, just part of the landscape, perfectly normal everyday life.) A few years later I was back in the States growing up in gorgeous Colorado Springs, Colorado and meeting some of the best people of my life (Hi Alan! Hi Shay!) After a few trips around the country, a big visit to Finland and Russia, and working on my education, I found myself planting roots in Northwest Ohio. Most people find that the craziest thing I have ever done! I love Ohio. I love the people here. I love the possibility.
These days, I am a practicing designer, associate professor and division chair of graphic design at Bowling Green State University (BGSU). I am the co-founder of AIGA Toledo, the Professional Association for Design, where I have been able to create and implement many design experiences including the award-winning community projects :: You Are Here Toledo and the Sit&Tell Project. As the co-founder of SWEAT, the Summer Workshop for Experimentation and Thought, I have been able to engage in experimental making, mentoring and collaboration with some of the best young minds of NW Ohio.
Beyond design and teaching, running has become a new found passion. I have found myself crazy enough to run several half marathons and four full marathons with aspirations to run many more. When not teaching, designing, running, or enjoying my awesome teenagers, my spare time is filled with cutting paper from the everyday in response to the vivid colors and the curvaceous forms I encounter.
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