I was born and raised in Arcata, California; a small college town on the Northern Humboldt County coast. In June 2009, I graduated with a degree in Graphic Communication with an emphasis in Design Reproduction Technology and Fine Art from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Currently, I work for a branch of Media News Group, Inc. at the Times-Standard in Eureka, California. I do layout and design work for the weekly periodical, Tri-City Weekly, and layout the entertainment section of the daily periodical.
At Cal Poly, I was quite involved. I am a founding member of the Cal Poly, SLO chapter of Chi Omega, a women's fraternity; I am a PolyRep, which is a group that works closely with the Alumni Association to promote Cal Poly to prospective students and gives tours of the campus; I was the Web Offset Prepress Manager at University Graphic Systems (UGS) for the 2008-2009 school year; and I also worked at El Corral Bookstore in the Tech Center.
Art has always been a huge part of my life. For as long as I can remember I have been drawing. In high school, I began painting - mostly with acrylics - and fell in love with that as well. I've been working with Adobe Photoshop since my sophomore year of high school, and in the last couple years I have become proficient (and formed a very serious romantic relationship) with the rest of the Creative Suite.
Other interests include (but are not limited to!) running, cooking, and reading. I am an avid runner — have been since I was about 10 years old, and am currently training for my first half-marathon. Cooking runs in my genes, my mother is an excellent chef (as is my maternal grandmother and many other women in my life and "family") and my mom always held to the belief that, "If you can read, you can cook." Not quite true, but we'll go with it.