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My professional background is in visual art. I am traditionally trained as a painter and my visual work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in galleries throughout the United States. My most recent series, "Textual Portraits: Envisioning Social Heritage," envisions the social and historical context of women's lives by portraying contemporary students, artists, and writers with historical feminist texts. This work was supported by an Artist Enrichment Grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women. I have also received grants from the American Association for University Women and the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation.
My degrees include a BFA in painting and an MA in social responsibility and sustainable communities, with a graduate certificate in gender and women's studies. My visual work reflects my training in gender and women's studies, as well as my interests in social heritage and sustainability. I sought a graduate certificate in gender and women's studies after spending time as a volunteer at Hope Harbor, Inc.: A Sexual Trauma Recovery Center. I wanted to understand the context for the various facets of women's lives.
In my personal life I am nurturing my inner athlete as a newbie runner who just finished her first 5K. Running is a part of my training to hike from rim to rim of the Grand Canyon.
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