About the artist...
My path to becoming an artist has been a long and indirect one. I can remember spending lots of time drawing as a kid. My favorite subjects then were horses, and my earliest equine drawings started as tracings of My Little Pony toys. As I got older, I shifted my focus to drawing people, and spent a lot of time copying photos from magazines and books, and drawing fairies and other magical figures. When I was a teenager, my dad brought home some clay, and I discovered my love of figure sculpture. At that time, I enjoyed art as a hobby, but didn't see myself as an artist, so I chose to pursue my interest in science. I studied biology as an undergraduate student, and other than one art history class and one sculpture class (which I loved!), art really wasn't on my radar.
Following my graduation, I did a Master of Arts in Teaching program and became a science teacher. After 3 years of teaching middle and high school, I decided to continue my education and went on to graduate school, where I earned my Ph.D. in microbiology.
As I was finishing my doctorate, I became pregnant with my first child, and when faced with the realities of the cost of childcare and the low income of postdoctoral positions, my husband and I agreed that it would be best for me to stay at home with our new baby son. So began my time as a full time at home parent. Three years later, I had a second son, and while I would love to say that parenthood exposed me to the arts again, and that I suddenly found my artistic gifts, I spent more time cleaning up after my kids' art projects than making any of my own. Parenthood did, however, cause me to reflect about my true interests, and while I found that I continued to like science, my heart was called back to the little clay sculptures that I did as a teenager.
I expressed my desire to start exploring art to my husband, and he very thoughtfully bought me some polymer clay, which I used to make a relief portrait of my first son. That portrait awakened my desire to explore my artistic abilities, and so when my youngest son started Kindergarten, I enrolled in a figure sculpture class at my local community college, and while in the class, I rediscovered my passion for art, sculpture in particular. It is my hope to continue to learn more about art and to experiment with different media as I find my artistic voice.