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About the Artist
I had my first art lesson when I was seven. My great grandmother taught me how to draw Dolly Pardon. Yes, Dolly Pardon. As I grew, I enjoyed making art and learning about the natural world. My continued interests in art and biology took me to Syracuse University in New York, where I majored in illustration and learned how to draw more than just big hair and high-heels. I also continued to take upper level biology courses in the hopes of combining my love for art and science into a medical illustration graduate degree. When I wasn’t in the classroom, I was honing leadership, communication and teamwork skills, and of course, learning how to appropriately dress for walking in blizzards.
Shortly after I graduated with my BFA, I pursued a different passion—education. Knowing first hand the value of a good education, I found myself teaching eighth grade science in an inner city classroom in my hometown of Kansas City, Missouri through Teach For America. I quickly learned that visuals made complex science information accessible to my students that struggled academically. Realizing the benefits and importance of educating through visuals, I knew I wanted to use my talents in art to make a lasting impact.
After two years of incredible challenges and invaluable experiences as a teacher, I attended Augusta University, formerly Georgia Regents University, where I combined my interests of art, science, and education to earn a Master’s of Science in Medical Illustration in May of 2015. As an artist, it is my goal to make information accessible by clearly and accurately communicating information.
Currently, I continue to teach 7th grade general science and refine my skills as a medical illustrator. The impact my students have on me will always be in my decision making and therefore, I have a great responsibility to create visuals that educate and empower my audience to make better informed decisions about their health.
I am more than a visual educator. In my free time, I can be found outside playing ultimate frisbee, attending sporting events (Go Royals!), learning how to cook and planning life’s next big adventure.