MRS in Marriage and Life with Mr. Fernandez
MOM in Parenting our three bouncy children & various pets with Mr. Fernandez
HRDNOCS in Life, experience is truly the best most frustrating and rewarding teacher
MA in Arts Administration--University of Michigan
MA in Arts Education--Eastern Michigan University
BS in Art Education--University of Michigan, Flint
BFA in Painting--University of Michigan, Flint
I have always been creating, drawing, doing. Now is the time. That I am putting art to work for me! I have been an advocate for the arts, for well-rounded education of our children and creativity all my life.
I get excited getting others excited about the arts! Arts education is a powerful tool to help us remember who we are, our culture and dream about our future. The arts empower either by making or appreciating them.
ART/DESIGNER--Creating original works of art and so much more including:
Community art projects
Service projects (India, Michigan)
Private commission, new work in oil & watercolor (with art shown in museums, galleries and corporate spaces & limited edition prints)
Designing new lines and brands
Creating licensing opportunities/ iphone app/Card designs
ADMINISTRATION-Strategic planning, grant writing, marketing including:
I have always had a passion for elephants, endangered animals, the family as a subject matter, books & text--you can see these elements in my work. I am asking the question what makes humans better?
I love to get small groups, large groups and my students excited about what can be accomplished through the arts. Want to spice up your boring company picnic? Want to create some new connections with your students or community group? Call me! Email me! I have ideas that will work for you!
Plus now I am changing direction. I am working on some new art (Love my Michigan!) and working on starting a new social group, Fat Chicks Running! to promote the wellness of women in the country. I will travel and speak about how running, eating really well (ditchin' those bad carbs!) and yoga have prevented me from getting diabetes. I know it can help you too! If women cannot take care of themselves how can anyone expect us to be taking care of others?
I have kept Type 2 Diabetes at bay--from running, walking, yoga, summer swimming, and eating superbly! If I can, YOU CAN TOO!
If you want to see more recent works, browse my Galleries
ART EDUCATOR--Working to teach the power of creativity in communities through:
teaching, and being creating in urban and rural locations
Teaching service learning practices
Advising other teachers with how to implement cross-curriculum activities in the classroom with the arts