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  • "I believe that everything that I have done in the past has been in preparation for what I do now and who I am."

  • Artist and Author

  • Regional Recruiter and Trainer

  • Graphic Designer and Department Development Manager

  • Floral Designer and Display Designer

Education (just browsing...)

  • International Academy of Design & Technology (formerly Merchandising & Design)/Interior Design - Chicago IL

  • William Rainey Harper College/Fine Art - Palatine IL

  • Oakton Community College/Fine Art - Des Plaines IL

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Art Show Awards

  • First Place in 3D Art - Bartlett Fine Art Fair, August 2004

  • 3rd Best of Show - For the Love of Art, November 2003

Primary Techniques and Materials

  • Metalsmithing (soldering, casting, wirework, findings, etc.)

  • Metals (Sterling Silver, White Gold, Copper, Brass, PMC)

  • Stringing (gemstones, found objects, metals, glass, etc.)

  • Lampworked and Fused Glass (Moretti, Dichroic, Boro)

  • And whatever other weird technique or material I dig up!

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Forthcoming Literary Work

Trees in the Way of Fireworks  

I built a roller coaster
and I have been riding it for years,
but as it coaxes onto the platform
creaking wood and steam
exhaling, exhausted

I step off barefoot
and I dance in the garden
in the middle of the night.
Still spinning from the ride,
still breathing from the rush,
still paying off the operator-
who watches me dance
under the dripping leaves.
My feet covered in mud.
My hair wet, my eyes wide.
My head spinning, my soul
My soul still with fear
Still waiting on the platform…..

from "Theories in Lucid Dreaming" by Kaytee Thrun

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