I knew I wanted to be a designer when I was introduced to graphic design in high school. The computer had just taken off and Illustrator and Photoshop were relatively new programs that intrigued me. I took as many courses as my high school offered in this and from there went on to get my BA at the University of Maryland in Art Studio. There I was introduced to the world of art - drawing, painting, sculpture, art history & of course my favorite, graphic design. Once out of school I worked as a contractor & graphic designer for the Army, where I met my husband, and discovered that people like bad art, more specifically bad design. Frustrated with this new realization, I decided to go back to school and become an art teacher. I really wanted to help people see & design good art and also be able to recognize that bad art and give them the tools to fix this.
In 2010 I received my M.Ed in Art Education from Framingham State University, where I have really learned to embrace my own art in all different mediums. One of my favorite materials to work with is wood and I have made many wood cuts & sculptures with this material. I love working with my hands and I am always on the lookout for new things to do and to make.
I recently was hired (2012) to replace my long time colleague and friend as head of the graphic design department at Needham High School, where I have been working since 2005. I now run the department that inspired me to become a designer.