Art Is Not For Sissies came about as a rant one day because I was tired of hearing people say things like, “It’s just art,” and “how hard can it be?” (If you’re interested in that first post, you can read it here.) This blog has since evolved into a repository for my obsessions with art and cats. In addition to painting, drawing, and printmaking, I make handmade books. While a blank page can be daunting, I believe it also can be a place for contemplation, expression, or exploration. It is my desire for art to impact individuals so they can find their own true direction through self-discovery. A book is one way for artists at any level to begin or continue their personal journey. The cats are just a bonus.
Attack Cat Studio is located in beautiful Traverse City, Michigan, where I live with my husband and our three ridiculously sassy cats. I also teach workshops, and volunteer as a docent at the Dennos Museum Center.
I completed my MFA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and hold a BS in Art Education from Western Michigan University. I have taught secondary art in public and private schools, planning and implementing courses in Drawing, Painting, Advanced Placement Studio, Photography, Sculpture, and Digital Cinematic Arts. I have also designed curriculum and conducted studio courses for undergraduate Elementary Education majors in basic art skills, child development, national and state standards for art education, and the integration of art into the Pre-K through 9th grade classroom.