Tell us about yourself.
I have always loved creating things. I won a prize for a mixed media project on a TV show when I was really young. In high school I loved fashion, sewing, and creating with fabric. Originally, I was a math major in college and wanted to be a teacher. As an elective, I took my first formal art class at 20 years old and I was hooked on art! Changing majors was not an option, so I became a math teacher and an art teacher. Later I studied art more seriously and left teaching in the public schools to become an art specialist who demonstrates and designs with art products. I have an amazing job. I get to do art, show it to many people, and discuss my techniques—all with amazing Prismacolor products that I love.
Currently, what’s your favorite type of art to create?
I have been in the business of art for many years in one form or another- teacher of art, doll maker, sign painter, airbrush artist, painter, most recently, I have been inspired by the art of the caricature using Prismacolor art markers as well as Photoshop.
How did you learn all the techniques you use today?
I have 2 college degrees in art, and I have also met so many wonderful artists that have shared their tips and techniques with me. I also have a huge library of art books, DVDs, and magazines.
Is there a skill you wish you were better at?
I wish that I had taken more anatomy classes and life drawing classes so that I could be a better portrait and figure artist.
What do you like about working at Prismacolor?
My job at Prismacolor is one of the best jobs in the world! When I interviewed for the job, I thought I knew a great deal about Prismacolor pencils. Boy, was I in for a surprise, artists all over the country continue to excite my creativity with new and unusual ways to use Prismacolor. In return, I pass on all that I have learned to more groups of artists.
I get to represent a product brand that I have always loved and respected. I get to use the product and be in the loop about future products. I am able to travel to the very best art schools and art leagues in the nation to share all of the great Prismacolor techniques that I know to new and seasoned artists. It is a cycle of pleasure and fun! I am truly blessed.
What’s your favorite part of the job?
My favorite part of my job is at the end of my seminar when members of the audience come to me to show me their art, thank me for the presentation, or give me a new technique idea that they have tried. I have met so many wonderful people.
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