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Tell us a bit about yourself: Did you go to school for art? Are you self taught?I wasn't one of those kids that grew up drawing much at all. It didn't occur to me that it might be something I would do for a living or even go to school to learn. I had my sights set on being a veterinarian, a truck driver like in smokey & the bandit or a professional roller skater. When I went to college, I took two years of general education classes until I was forced to choose a major. I picked art and figured I could change it when I knew what I really wanted to do. The next two years went by pretty quick and I ended up with a BA in graphic design with a fine art emphasis from The University of Northern Iowa and it's turned out pretty great so far.
What inspires you / where do you get inspiration from?
I don't consciously seek out inspiration. I think I'm sucking in visual inspiration every minute I'm awake. It comes from everywhere, tv commercials, the internet, nature, fabric patterns, cartoons, graffiti, store windows...everywhere. That's what I find cool about art- people take in mostly the same imagery and spit out totally different interpretations.
Do you work in just one medium? Several?
I work digitally, in illustrator, for my job. I paint for fun. I'm in the process of trying to figure out how to paint more for my job. That's the secret to career success- figuring out how to get paid to do what you'd do if you weren't getting paid, right? I am also pretty darn crafty. I love cutting, gluing and glittering.
What are you working on now?
I make art and manage the daily workings of Figgy Pudding Designs. I represent three artists besides myself. I sell or license those designs for use in the craft, paper and seasonal markets. I also work full time for a factory that manufactures products for the craft and hobby industry. I do a lot of product development, trend research and art direction in that position.
Are you an early riser? or night owl?
I think I'm biologically a night owl, but my husband gets up at the crack of dawn, so I've become a morning person...whether I like it or not. Turns out I can really barrel through some work in the morning, so it's all good.
What is your favorite food?
I could probably eat taco salad every day. It's the perfect meal- it has everything you need right there. I love a good "walking taco" (taco salad in a Doritos bag) for those of you that didn't grow up in Iowa. I also love all things German, like schnitzel and spaetzle with sauerkraut- Köstlich!
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