Well, I was not borned a coal miner’s daughter but silly songs come to mind when I think of how to best express myself in a ‘bio’. I had a great childhood. It was just my mom and me for a long time, but we had the support of my grandmothers. Needless to say I was quite spoiled. I remember summers at the swimming hole and the aroma of fresh baked cobbler and angel flake biscuits. As for my creativity, I’ve joked that I’ve been designing since I was old enough to eat crayons, but all joking aside that’s how I remember it. My mom has saved drawings from my early years. I’m no Akiane, but I could doodle my way out of a paper bag!
I didn’t take art in high-school. I was too busy pretending to be smart with honors classes and getting into the University of Tulsa, which I did do, but never attended. I pretended to be a good student at college too. I attempted a degree in accounting until I took college accounting. Yikes! Let’s just say all the grids and perfectly aligned boxes made me crazy (pronounced: ka-RAY-zee.) Don’t get me wrong, I carried a high grade point average, tested well and still believe in getting a solid education but all that over-achieving was taking a tole on my creative spirit.
I was introduced to commercial art by my step dad, Ed Hulsey. He had worked in Pre-Press printing for decades and had predicted where I’d end up and what I’d be doing. I fought it for a while, being the all knowing, all powerful teenager that I was! However, I did eventually earn an Associates Degree in Visual Communications from Oklahoma State University in Okmulgee. I’m very confident in the skills I acquired at OSU and compete in the job market with other designers with four year degrees. Grads from the Okmulgee branch studied under instructors who pushed, prodded and challenged until good design oozed from under their mortar boards.
I spent some time in Kansas at the onset of my career, but found that being far from family was just too hard. My first few jobs out of college were great experiences and I miss the friends I made at the time. I spent six years at Oklahoma Publishing Company, umbrella to The Oklahoman and The Oklahoman Direct. I made a move to Mardel about three years ago. And I loved it! I love the company and all it stands for. I love the people I got to work along side and I love the process of seeing a project through from beginning to end. My favorite projects were the collaborative efforts of designing Window Displays.
Every job has its stress, but I truly enjoy what I do. I only wish my step-dad could be around to see it. He’s been in Heaven since 1992. I know he’d love seeing the creativity in my kids too.
Well, that’s my creative bio. I’ll add a personal bio page someday and share some information about my family and my spiritual journey as well as the faithfulness of God throughout my life. He’s at the core of everything I do, so he deserves all the glory from any of my successes and all the valuable things I learn when I fail.