The Balinese have no word in their language for “artist.” The arts are so ingrained into their culture and expectation of daily life that there is no need for the word, “art.”

Can you imagine being part of a world where there is no need to delineate between artist and human being? Can you imagine a world where everyone recognizes the inherent nature of humanity IS creativity?

I’ve always known I was an artist, but I didn’t always know that my desire to be creative was valuable.

I battled external messaging that art was not important, nor something to spend my time on. Two serious health problems changed my perspective. When you realize your time on this planet could be a lot shorter than you expect, it changes your priorities. It helps you see the difference between what people want for you and what your heart calls you to do.

I’ve studied Art and Art History at Colgate University as well as completed a masters in Educational Leadership with The George Washington University. I’ve taught art to all ages, from elementary school through to adulthood. Countless people I’ve worked with are told their interest in the arts is trivial. No more.

In my early 20s I was part of a touring exhibition of artists whose work was exhibited at both The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as well as The Smithsonian. My work has been exhibited across the US as well as in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Before this, I didn’t think my work was important or valuable (or even really “art”) until I had a gallery showing. Now I know otherwise.

When I’m not shouting from rooftops (or emails) about the arts and creative play, I’m traveling with my husband Joseph, listening to podcasts (Amy Porterfield, OnBeing, The Jealous Curator, Stuff You Should Know, RadioLab, The School of Greatness, Being Boss, The Goodlife Project…), and making my own art.

Little Did You Know...

I’m a total science fiction/fantasy geek.
I grew up believing in unicorns, reading Lord of the Rings, and watching Star Trek with my family. I also play board games with my husband and my family has taught him pinochle. Yup. I’m one of those.

Sugar is my drug of choice.

I’ve had a sweet tooth as long as I can remember. Once it was about daily chocolate chip cookies. Now it’s all about the darkest chocolate I can find.

I’m the youngest in my family. By a lot.

My brother was 11 and my sister was 16 when I was born. My sister kept being told what a beautiful baby she had (what can I say, I’m cute); she wasn’t amused. Funny thing is she became my best friend and a mother figure to me both. Love ya, Anne.

Yoga is my spiritual practice.

I’ve practiced yoga for years and years now. But I can thank my teacher Anna for helping me take my practice to the next level. I never knew what yoga could do for me and others until now. I love Ashtanga, but will take a good Vinyasa class any day. Om shanti.

I’ve lived outside of the United States for nearly 9 years now.

I’m American, born in Minnesota and raised in the midwest and east coast. I started teaching art in Massachusetts when I discovered an amazing world of international schools and teaching. I was sold on traveling the world, teaching art. My first post was in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Then I lived in Muscat, Oman. The region is filled with beauty, kindness and all kinds of adventure. I will always have a part of my heart there. Today, you can find me in B.C., Canada.

I’m an obsessive reader.

I have no self-control when it comes to a good book. I sit down and read it in one or two days, at the expense of the rest of my life (what’s for dinner, honey?) until it’s finished. I always enjoy a good binge watch of whatever’s next on Netflix, but I much more regularly binge on books. Nonfiction. Look up Mary Roach, you won’t regret it.

I had a castle wedding in Scotland.

You know those fairy tale weddings with castles and beautiful little white owls as ring bearers? Yup. It was the most love filled, magical day of my life. (And I thought I wanted to elope!!!)

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