// artist
// illustrator
// SURFACE pattern designer

I illustrate and create for the quirky and curious soul who delights in whimsical fun patterns inspired by adventure, travel and home.

I have been creating for years and it always feels like I’m coming home. It’s that sweet spot where I feel energized and alive and I can’t wait to see how inspiration and creativity move through me. It’s always a surprise and I think that’s my favorite part. It’s curiosity that motivates me and creating that propels me.

I hope that you’ll find inspiration to follow your own curiosity here. I’m so happy you’ve stopped by.

I hope to see you soon,

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 The other day I made a serendipitous decision to pull into the @thencarboretum with my two boys. They were cranky and tired but we did it anyway.⠀ ⠀ ✨⠀ ⠀ It’s a beautiful place filled with trees, flowers, art, and paths to explore. ⠀ ⠀ ✨⠀ ⠀ This was the first cool day we’ve had. As we were sitting in the woods, a breeze blew in and the trees rustled. The boys were building a fort with sticks and it finally felt like fall had arrived. My happy place!⠀ ⠀ ✨⠀ ⠀ I’ve been feeling a bit uninspired in my creativity lately. I think I’ve been processing a lot of new information and that took the energy that fuels my art. ⠀ ⠀ ✨⠀ ⠀ When I saw this golden tree perched up on a hill in the meadow my heart just soared. I wanted to draw it so badly. I felt inspired. I felt connected to the earth. I felt a longing to create. All the stars aligned. ⠀ ⠀ ✨⠀ ⠀ Toward the end of the day, my kids were spent. I ended up carrying the two year old most of the way back while coaxing my four year old to just take a few more steps. We barely made it back to the car before they refused to budge another inch. ⠀ ⠀ ✨⠀ ⠀ These days aren’t all rainbows and unicorns but these days are what mean the most. The boys and I connected through outdoor play. They explored their surroundings with enthusiasm. I was inspired to create. We moved at their pace as they led the way. All of our cups were filled. I need to remember to do things like this more often. ⠀ ⠀ ✨⠀ ⠀ What refills your cup?⠀ ⠀ ✨⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #illustration #dailydrawing #dailyillustration #artjournal #draw #art #womenwhodraw #arttherapy #wonky #illustrator #tree #dailydoodle #whimsical #digitalartist #digitaldrawing #illustratorsofinstagram #ilovedrawing #fallisintheair #fallleaves #simple #outdoorplay #connect #familyadventure #whimsy #illustrationartists #thiscreativelife #inspiration #fillyourcup
 Cultivate: Community. Love. Friendship.⠀ . ⠀ .⠀ Every Wednesday. I meet up with my ladies. A group of moms who have endless responsibilities and obligations. We go to the climbing gym and then go have dinner. We do this religiously. We always show up. I always thought we were showing up to blow off steam but over time it has become more apparent that we are really showing up for each other. ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ This last week, they organized a very large act of kindness for me. They pooled together resources, words, support and delivered it right to my door. They saw me. They heard my soft whimper. They chose to lift me up. I cried endlessly for days. This show of support and love moved me more than anything has in a long time. I’m grateful, thankful, and humbled.⠀ .⠀ .⠀ There were women involved whom I barely know. Women from every phase of my life. Women who just felt like showing up for someone. Women who probably need someone to show up for them. ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ I’ve been wondering what I did to deserve such an outpouring of love. My struggles aren’t better or worse than anyone else. I have a feeling the universe is showing me something profound, perhaps that our journey, as it is, is wholly and perfectly enough. We are accepted and loved just as we are. Maybe that there is love in places we have forgotten to check, waiting to fill our cup if only we invite it in. Perhaps it’s that there is always love and kindness even when you can’t find any in the news.⠀ .⠀ .⠀ I can only hope that when the time comes that I offer this same love and support right back to each one of them. Ladies, I love you!⠀ .⠀ .⠀ Where does your love and support come from? ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #illustration #dailydrawing #dailyillustration #artjournal #draw #art #womenwhodraw #arttherapy #youareloved #illustrator #dailydoodle #whimsical #digitalartist #digitaldrawing #illustratorsofinstagram #ilovedrawing #cultivate #everydaycreatives #community #imperfect #whimsy #illustrationartists #thiscreativelife #friendship #actofkindness #theuniversehasmyback #lifteachotherup #womensupportingwomen
 Does anyone else feel change in the air? I can feel it on so many levels. ✨ ✨ The seasonal change is always welcome here, fall comes right when I’m ready to let go, turn in, and start the restful journey into winter. ✨ ✨ I also feel a change within lately. I’m feeling captivated by the idea of less is more. I’m learning to hear my intuition and honor its request instead of thinking I know better. ✨ ✨ My latest favorite mantra by @bemorewithless ... “Less shiny, more real. Less show, more soul. Less perfection, more light.” ✨ ✨ How are you feeling during this seasonal change? What is your current mantra?
 Hello. It’s been a while since I’ve posted on Instagram. I’ve had some life stuff unfold and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to share or not. Not sharing seems like I’m not being my authentic self, let’s see how sharing feels.⠀ ⠀ I’ve been feeling crummy off and on for three years because of autoimmune issues. Mostly on. It has been an incredibly frustrating time and I know many of you can relate because autoimmune issues are running rampant for women in my age bracket.⠀ ⠀ Back in August, I headed to the dermatologist with my most recent ‘new’ symptom. With two test results, my doctor told me it looked like I had early lupus. Hearing that was half terrifying and half relief. Those of you in this position know what I mean.⠀ ⠀ With that I went to my hard core alternative doctor who does ALL the test but doesn’t take insurance. She’s a total badass and I’m so glad I have her. Those results came back about 4 weeks later as Hashimoto’s / Graves / Fibrogenisis and NOT lupus. It still sucks.⠀ ⠀ The silver lining with having this diagnosis is grace. I’ve been walking with grace as my co-pilot lately. I can’t do it all and I don’t want to. I’m giving myself permission and grace to pause, rewind, slow down, say no, and care for myself. To chase dreams slowly and to rest abundantly. All the energy I have currently is spent with my two young boys, husband, and on nourishing myself with food and rest.⠀ ⠀ I’m sharing this because I can’t tell you how many women I know who feel like total crap. They have no answers and they are just trying to keep up. If that’s you, you aren’t alone. If you feel alone, reach out. There are a lot of us. It’s hard. It sucks. You got this! Let’s support each other! ⠀ ⠀ If you need me, it’s a good bet that you’ll find me curled up on these whimsical fir tree pillows (#linkinbio) I designed today sipping hot tea and taking a nap. I’ll be around Instagram but only when that feels good for me. ⠀ : @redbubble ⠀ #autoimmunedisease #slowdown #grace #rest #art #arttherapy #sayno #selfcare #illustration #everydaycreatives #keto #hashimotos #graves #inspiration