Likes: ocean swims, opera & family time
Dislikes: bad design
Favorite Musician: Bob Dylan
My passion is to design and create graphics that are comfortable and artistic. “Designing” is problem solving, and I like to help clients while adding points of interest and beauty to our surroundings.
I also like to give back to the community and make it a better place to live. It’s even better when I can combine art and design with my other passion, of helping those with special needs attain better lives.
Off the Clock:
I have a daughter with autism and because of her natural artistic talent, I helped create a the Butterfly Project and the Rainbow Artists programs at the Museum of Contemporary Art/Jacksonville. These museum based programs brought together children and young adults on the autism spectrum, with art educators and professional artists. The kids were given the opportunity to express themselves through art, and the results were staggering! It has since been a part of the regional school system and serves hundreds of special needs students and young adults, every year.
Because of my daughter’s ambition to become a professional baker, I helped her start her own virtual bakery, Seagull Bakery in Jacksonville Beach. Its mission is to “Employ, Teach, and Mentor those on the autism spectrum.”
I volunteer with a variety different organizations, like the Malavai Washington Youth Foundation, the HEAL Foundation (Healing Every Autistic Life), the ARC/ Jacksonville, Beaches Habitat for Humanity, and the Museum of Contemporary Art/Jacksonville. I usually am on the “decorating committee” for the galas, because I don’t mind painting and hammering! I was part of a study for the Children’s Commissions on special needs in our community, helping to make recommendations and add insight to that populations’ problems.