I am a graphic artist and traditional artist. Until recently, I worked at a dairy company for 12 years. I have designed packaging, truck graphics, murals, point-of-sale materials, invitations, presentations, etc. I used my copywriting, photography, illustration and even some crafting skills in the performance of my duties. At one annual event I even used my ventriloquism skills. I have planned and coordinated a variety of family-friendly events up and down California. In 2011 I won the "Grand Peppy" from MilkPEP for the best marketing campaigns using Got Milk? materials. I was even featured in my own Got Milk? ad in Dairy Foods magazine!
As i mentioned, I am also a traditional artist. I love to draw and paint. Although I am skilled in a variety of mediums, my favorite ones to work with are pen & ink, colored pencil, and gouache. I also have experience with certain performing arts such as puppetry and ventriloquism and, most recently, improv comedy. I am one of the newest members of The Knuckledraggers improv comedy troupe.
I was a Sunday School teacher for about 8 years. In that role I had the opportunity to use arts and crafts to help the children learn. I also used songs, some of which I made up, to assist with the retention of the lessons as well. Puppetry came in handy also.
I have loved art all my life. From the time I could hold a pencil, I was constantly drawing. I was really shy when I was little and art helped me express myself and also release my anxiety. It was a way for me to escape. As I aged, the performing arts helped draw me out of my shell. In high school, I discovered dance during P.E. and loved every minute of it. Not only did it help me get comfortable in front of people, it helped me to interact with others and to feel a sense of camaraderie and teamwork. Plus, it was fun! I was introduced to puppetry during my late teens which led to me learning ventriloquism. I discovered that I had a talent for making others laugh and that I loved lifting other people's spirits up. It became a great confidence booster for me. Recently, I have discovered the joys of improv comedy. It has been a great outlet for me and it really teaches a person to listen and how to trust and work with others.
Art has so much to offer people and to society, which is why I firmly believe that it should not be overlooked in schools. With the rise of violence and bullying, kids need art more than ever to express themselves and to grow as human beings. Teachers need art to help them teach and to help their students learn. Art teaches creativity, problem-solving, and communication which is of great value to society. That is why I always have a hissy fit when I hear of art programs being cut. I mean, after all, the earth without art is just eh. Wouldn't you agree?
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