As a farm kid from the Great Plains,

I learned to run wild with the wind & live in the trees.

Now in Dallas, my husband and I grow as many plants as our house can hold. My formal training is in graphic design and illustration (BFA Concordia University). I also write. Before jumping full on into a career of design, illustration, and visual art, I held various jobs, including: milking cows on a dairy farm, supervising at a homeless shelter, and working in relief & development with Samaritan’s Purse Cambodia. As a visual artist, exploring what it means to be human and how our bodies, and very existence, depend on and interact with the world around us fascinates me. Along the same lines, type design and how typographic form embodies the content it expresses has captivated me and continues to mark my graphic design work. I process life best while in motion. I hope you enjoy the spirit of my work and find refuge in it as I have.

Current Areas of Interest:

Suffering & Lament
The Relationship Between Humanity and the Earth
Connection and Dissonance in Eastern and Western Art History
Theology and the Arts
Theology of the Body

Education

M.A. Media Arts and Worship
Dallas Theological Seminary Dallas, Texas 2016

B.F.A. Graphic Design
Concordia University Seward, Nebraska 2011

Talks and Events

2017
My Vision of Hope
Catalyst Community Church
sermon on Lamentations 3, part of the series Good Grief 

2016
Collaborative Practices in Art and Theology (MW603)
co-taught course at Dallas Theological Seminary
focused on exploring theological study through collaborative practices of research, discussion, and art-making

2016
Dance With Light (Theology of Technology)
Event planning for the Arts Week at Dallas Theological Seminary

2016
Conversation on Postures & Gestures: Approaching Visual Art
joint presentation with Shannon Reibenstein

2015
Expressive Arts: Grief, Trauma, & Suffering
panel discussion with Dr. Linda Marten

2015
Conversation on Theology of the Body
joint presentation with Dr. Sandra Glahn

2015
Collaboration Workshop: Child, where are your dreams?
workshop facilitator

2014
Basic Graphic Design Principles
solo presentation

International Experience & Leadership Positions

2015–2016
President of Eikon Artist Fellowship
Dallas Theological Seminary  Dallas, Texas

As president of Eikon, an artists fellowship on the Dallas Theological Seminary campus, I organized the year’s calendar, facilitated events, and guided the group in making strong connections between theology and the arts.

2012
General Intern − Samaritan’s Purse
Poipet, Banteay Meanchey, Cambodia

I partnered with national staff to complete an evaluation of a clean water project. Work included: managing three national staff members, meeting with leaders and residents, daily trips to villages, and five months of biweekly language classes. It was also my responsibility to manage large amounts of data and track GPS points while creating maps of local villages.

2010
Boanerges Deaf Initiative Uganda
Kampala, Uganda

Spent time at BDI’s deaf school working with kids. Visited children’s homes to gather stories and images; then created a website and printed promotional booklet.

Published Writings

Exhibitions

2017
Dust in My Mouth: forsaken not forsaken
Catalyst Community Church

2015
Ears to Hear
Dallas Theological Seminary

2014
the day the clouds came down [rhythm of the daily] :: Artists Statement
Dallas Theological Seminary Arts Week  Dallas, Texas

2008–2011
Marxhausen Gallery of Art
Concordia University Student Shows

Academic Awards

2016
Roy B. Zuck Award in Media Arts and Worship
Dallas Theological Seminary

2011
Term Honors (top 25% of student body)
Concordia University Nebraska

2010–2011
NAIA Champions of Character Award – Track & Field

2009–2011
GPAC All Conference Honors

2010–2011
NAIA Scholar Athlete

2009–2011
GPAC Scholar Athlete