• I Draw Your Story

    Lives are temporal; stories don't need to be.

    Preserve memories

  • Why?

    Artist Statement/Why I make these works.

    Memoirs: Why?

    After watching a loved one fight a valiant fight with cancer, my spouse and I realized that we lost all future moments, stories, and recipes from her. Over time, an idea came to me in the middle of the night. I would help others share their stories through artistic, memory-filled books.

     

    Though the premise of I Draw Your Story came from losing a close family member, it caused me to step back and think about what other stories are out there. Then, it clicked in my head: this is how I can have artwork positively affect other's lives; which was a goal of mine every since I started making artwork of many forms.

    Whimsical drawings: what's behind the work?

    Do you remember when someone said something to you that you have never forgotten? The passing adage a stranger said that you always remember, or that day you couldn't stop laughing with a close friend?

     

    The creatures in my work explore these interactions, the universe, and what their purpose is. Just like all humans, they want to be loved and safe; no matter their background.

     

    They are curious and explore relationships we have with friends, strangers, ourselves, and the world. Sometimes they are lost, sometimes they are anxious, but in the end, my goal is to have them present a sense of curiosity and hope. I want the viewer to have a connection with these creatures; to identify with feelings of discomfort, times they were awkward, vulnerable or learning, but then remember the positive outcome afterward (or what they learned from it).

  • Background and publications

    Publications

    Contributing co-author and researcher on following scientific publications:

    • Radiation stability test on multiphase glass ceramic and crystalline ceramic waste forms — Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms. February 2014.
    • The effect of concentration on the structure and crystallinity of a cementitious waste form for caustic wastes — Journal of Nuclear Materials. June 2013.
    • Multi-Phase Glass-Ceramics as a Waste Form for Combined Fission Products: Alkalis, Alkaline Earths, Lanthanides, and Transition Metals — Journal of the American Ceramic Society. February 2012.

    Biography

    I grew up in Syracuse NY and moved to eastern Washington State in 2009 to work as a scientific researcher at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. I then ventured into finance to work in financial planning, and in 2017 I decided to take the leap of faith to venture into illustration while my partner and I grew our family. Currently I work in finance as well as illustrate.

     

    I studied at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University to study ceramic sculpture, but also focused on painting and ceramic engineering (I wanted to know why my clay warped, when it did). I have a long background in art-related work; I started out teaching summer art camps at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse NY, as well as worked in a custom ceramics tile studio in Syracuse. The tile studio produced Stickley Furniture tiles that are seen in their mission-style tables.

     

    Current Resume: here

    Other detail? LinkedIn profile

    Exhibitions

    2018

    Group Exhibition. Palatte Gallery and Coffee shop, Grand Rapids, MI

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    Tri-Art for Giving; 1st place Juried Award winner; screen-printed ceramic sculpture (won) and illustration accepted. Work shown in Caterpillar Cafe. Richland, WA.

    Solo Exhibition. Paintings and mixed media. Adventures Underground Bookstore. Richland, WA.

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    Washington State University’s Juried Chancellor Exhibition. Two large format illustrations accepted. Richland

    Solo exhibition. Series of illustrative paintings. You & I Gallery and Framing.

    Allied Arts Gallery Juried show. Ceramic teapot accepted. Richland WA.

    Tri-Art for Giving; Illustration and drawing accepted. Work shown in Allied Arts Gallery and Mid-Columbia Library. Tri-Cities WA.

    Solo Exhibition; Series of illustrative paintings. Richland Public Library. Richland WA.

    Group exhibitions. 509 Cyber Art group. Various locations. Richland WA.

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    Washington State University Chancellor’s Juried Exhibition. Drawing, painting, and ceramic sculpture accepted. Richland WA.

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    Washington State University Women's Art Exhibition. Teapot and cup accepted. Richland, WA.

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    Bachelor of Fine Art Thesis Exhibition. Ceramic sculpture. NYS College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Alfred NY.

  • Memoirs: How does it work?

    • You want to preserve family memories, or  share your business's story
    • You and Laura meet over coffee to discuss how you want your story told, and you pick a style of illustration from a portfolio of images
    • Laura asks you a series of specific questions for details of the story to base illustrations on
    • An outline/wireframe is made of how your book will flow
    • Illustrations are custom made and your story is turned into a unique book

    Outline for story

    A wireframe is created for each page.

    Sample drawing

    Style is dictated by client.

    Your book is made! 

    After these simple steps, your gift is ready.

  • Memoir Storybook: photographs of finished product

    Teenage Years: example from memoir storybook

    Second page of book; laying flat.

    Drawings with finished book

    Finished hand-drawn drawings with final book in preparation for delivery to client.

    Bottom left drawing is first page in book (as seen inside book).

    Client with finished book

    A gift from his family; this client showcasing his book.

    This image always brings such a huge smile to my face and to my heart, as I am so grateful to have provided this for him and his family.

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