I was born and raised in the northwest suburb of Chicago, Lake Zurich. Being the youngest of four children, I was surrounded by a family who encouraged my artistic and educational ambitions. From the city of wind dressed in shining lights to the ivy covered walls of Wrigley field, I was inspired by the beauty and diversity of the city, and spent most of my time drawing and painting my natural surroundings.
My curiosity of nature and science, and attention to detail in art led me to Ames, Iowa where I received both a bachelors of Arts in Biological and Pre-Medical Illustration and a minor in Biology. During my time at Iowa State, I gained a lot of experience by interning with various projects, such as producing line illustrations on the anatomy of Bamboo species, to working with Iowa State Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources in producing digital illustrations and web-base tutorials on flooding and floodplain management in Iowa.
Currently, I am enrolled in my second year at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s graduate program, Biomedical Visualization (BVIS), where I am learning the essential skills to combine my passions of art and science. In the future, I strive on finding a position that allows me to create biomedical 3D models and animations for various audiences.
I am excited to be a member of the CPERL team as a medical illustrator and graphic designer. Not will I experience developing patient education material, but I also get to be apart of a great research team that utilizes occupational therapy to improve the lives of children and families.