I’m a surface pattern designer, art history professor, and arts writer in Columbus, Ohio. I’m fortunate that my love for art has taken me all over the world - most recently I traveled to Egypt on a post-graduate fellowship and was so inspired by the beautiful landscape, patterns, and culture. I’m also a trail runner and general nature (and coffee!) enthusiast. My love for nature inspires my patterns.
I live next to a wetland preserve with my husband and fun-loving toddler. And I have my MFA in studio art, my MA in art history, and my BFA in painting.
Growing up, my mother was an avid seamstress and made all the fabric items in our home (and most of my clothes), and my father was a painter. Neither one made a career of it, but I certainly was creatively encouraged from the beginning. Our weeks were punctuated by Sunday hikes near our home in upstate New York, I loved trailing my parents in the changing (and sometimes harsh) landscape, my imagination running free.
When I was a high school student and started to explore career opportunities I went an unusual route – determined to design either running apparel (I had recently joined the cross country team and began my lifelong passion of running) or tissue boxes. I didn’t know that both of those jobs fell under the description of ‘surface pattern design’ – something I wouldn’t find out for many years.
I went to college for painting and had four amazing years at university. I loved everything, kept running (a lot), made paintings with fabric, and fashioned my own clothes (most of the time). A few weeks before graduation I learned that my school nominated me for a post-graduate fellowship in Brittany, France (which I won) so I headed over there for several months. France changed my life. I went on to graduate school for art history (where I also found my love of teaching), spent an amazing summer living in London around the corner from the British Museum, then went back to graduate school to study painting, had my work included in New American Paintings, and eventually landed my dream job teaching art history at an art and design college (where my students are so incredibly inspiring).
Then I had my baby, Ben. And it was in those early days – when I was so exhausted yet so inspired, that I transitioned my studio practice to a digitally-based practice, learned how to make a repeating pattern, and started to see my future as a surface pattern designer.
It has not been easy, and I certainly have not taken the most direct route to any of my goals. But I love the life I’ve created so very much, and I’m so inspired by every aspect of it. My patterns are inspired by so many things: adventures with Ben, trail runs and hikes, the work I see in my teaching practice, and the general feeling of being on top of the world. I want to make the world a more beautiful place & I hope to share that inspiration with you!