I grew up in a small town in Michigan, the kind of place where bored high school kids race their cars around a horse pasture for fun. My parents encouraged my interest in art and music from an early age and since we lived in the middle of nowhere I had a lot of time to develop it.
I moved to the Grand Rapids area in 2000 to attend college at Grand Valley State University, graduating in 2005 with a Bachelor of Fine Art with an illustration emphasis.
Since college I’ve been working as a Graphic Designer for local businesses (including my husband’s biz DeLeeuw Digital) around Michigan.
Though I’ve enjoyed the Graphic Design work I’ve done the last few years, my career goals are to further my education with a MFA and illustrate children’s books.