Although I understood that I had creative strength from a young age, it took me until my mid-twenties to realize that I wanted to make a career out of it.
Growing up I learned how to draw from copying comic books and how to craft with other materials from watching my mother, a talented quilter. Despite my love for art and being the designated t-shirt designer for all of my school sports and clubs in high school, I went on to earn a degree in Political Science and Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. (Politics and art may not seem congruous, but I have found that the skills of diplomacy and cooperation are actually extremely helpful to a graphic designer!)
After college I moved to Boston and began to realize that at heart I wasn't a lawyer but a designer. During the day I worked full-time at a law firm downtown and at night I took classes at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. I completed a certificate program in graphic design at SMFA in December of 2012. Currently (happily!), I do freelance design work in Boston.
My favorite thing about graphic design/illustration work is being able to hand someone the visual representation of their idea or identity and have them say, "Yes! This is what I needed." or even better, "This is better than I imagined." Basically, I like to make people happy.