Community Arts Instigator

photoI’ve always been an artist. After art school, I hated doing the seemingly inevitable waitressing so I started teaching workshops and classes. Years later I decided I should learn something about teaching, so got a graduate degree in training and development.

I was shocked to discover I would not be allowed to paint pictures in graduate school and was expected to write linear papers. Nothing in my experience had prepared me for such things. I wasn’t very happy about it. I relented when I realized I could write about visual communication and spent the time researching how to bridge the art and education worlds.

I created a company, VisualsSpeak, that makes art and photography based tools to change the stories people tell. The tools are used all over the world by a variety of individuals and companies.

Recently I created a collaborative robotic dinosaur, Artosaur that roams around town inspiring people to make stuff. Artosaur reflects my current passion to bring the arts to communities in a hands-on engaging way.

I specialize in helping others bring their projects to life. As a teaching artist specializing in arts integration, I can help organizations bring clarity and execution to their projects.

Want to learn more about how to work with me? Let’s chat!


Professional Experience

2016-now          Right Brain Initiative, Portland OR
2015- now         Artosaur; Artistic Director, Hillsboro OR
2012 – now       Hillsboro Arts and Culture Council; Chair; Hillsboro OR
2003 – now       VisualsSpeak LLC; Principal; Hillsboro OR
2000 – 2003      My Tyme Beads; Education coordinator; Tigard OR
1999 – 2003     Architectural Adornment; Graphic Designer; Canby OR
1997 – 1999      Hot Island Glass; Marketing and tech support; Makawao, Hawaii
1995 – 1997      Penland School of Craft; Facilitator; Penland NC

Grants, Awards, and Residencies

2017         Cultural Coalition of Washington County
2016         Richard B. Siegel Foundation
2016         Hillsboro Arts and Culture Council Grant
2016         Regional Arts and Culture Council Project Grant
2016         Regional Arts and Culture Council Professional Development Grant
2015         Hillsboro Arts and Culture Council Grant
2013         The Ford Foundation Golden Spot Grant
2013         Sitka Center for Art and Ecology Residency: Otis, OR
2012         Falling into Art Contest, Runner Up
2012         Spring into Art Contest, Runner Up
2011         Citra-Solv Artist of the Month, 2011
2002         Bead and Button Show, First Runner Up Best in Show
2002         Bead and Button Show, Third Place Non-wearables

Selected Education

MS Postsecondary, Adult, and Continuing Education; Portland State University; Portland OR

BFA Textiles, Rhode Island School of Design; Providence RI

Certificate Programs

Artbundance Coach, Artella; Dallas, TX

Intercultural Foundations Certificate, Intercultural Communication Institute, Portland, OR

Management of Training
Intercultural Training
Multimedia and Web-based Training
Portland State University, Portland, OR

Electronic Publishing and Web Design Program, Univerisity of Oregon

Community Arts Events and Appearances

2017     Leadership Hillsboro Arts Day. Hillsboro OR
2017     Hillsboro Brookwood Library Winter Reading Program Event, Hillsboro OR
2016     Taste of Tanasbourne, Hillsboro OR
2016     Independence Days, M & M Marketplace, Hillsboro OR
2016     Tour de Arts, Hillsboro OR
2016     Rice Mineral Museum Summer Fest, Hillsboro OR
2016     Celebrate Hillsboro festival, Hillsboro OR
2016     2035 Vision Celebration, City of Hillsboro, Hillsboro OR
2016     Artosaur Annex at Hillsboro Tuesday Night; Hillsboro OR
2016     Bethany Elementary MakersFaire; Cedar Mills OR
2016     Witch Hazel Elementary Science Fair; Hillsboro OR
2016     Roboexpo; Hillsboro OR
2016     Hillsboro Shute Library Winter Reading Program Event; Hillsboro OR
2016     Hillsboro Main Library Winter Reading Program Event; Hillsboro OR
2016     Hillsboro City Council Meeting; Hillsboro OR
2015     Lunch with The Sheep; Hillsboro OR
2015     Here Be Art: A Celebration of Hillsboro Arts; Hillsboro OR
2015     Affordable Art Show; Hillsboro OR
2015     HACC Endowment Awards Event; Hillsboro OR
2015     Sheep on the Go Event; Hillsboro OR
2015     OMSI Mini Makerfaire, Portland OR
2015     Orenco Plaza Dedication; Hillsboro OR
2015     Showtime at Shute; Hillsboro OR
2015     Hillsboro Farmers Market; Hillsboro OR
2015     Public Art at Shute Park Library; Hillsboro OR
2015     Celebrate Hillsboro; Hillsboro OR
2015     Hillsboro Community Youth Choir summer camp; Hillsboro OR
2015     Hillsboro Tuesday Night; Hillsboro OR
2015     Anjali Dance Studio; Hillsboro OR
2015     Oregon International Airshow; Hillsboro OR
2015     Hillsboro Rotary 4th of July parade; Hillsboro OR

Selected Workshops and Facilitation

2017     Getting Work as a Teaching Artist, Portland OR
2017     All Staff Meeting; Hillsboro Public Library, Hillsboro, OR
2017     Intercultural Effectiveness Survey; Kozai Group; Portland, OR
2017     Management Team Retreat; Hillsboro Public Library, Hillsboro, OR
2016    Board Retreat: Hillsboro Arts and Culture Council, Hillsboro, OR
2016    Leadership Development series; Hillsboro Public Library, Hillsboro, OR
2016    Building Great Teams; VisualsSpeak; online class
2016    Strategic Team Building; Hillsboro Public Library, Hillsboro, OR
2016    Intercultural Effectiveness Survey; Kozai Group; Portland, OR
2015    Creating New Conversations with Images: Using Visual Tools to Build Great Teams & Groups; ICF Group Coaching Community of Practice; webinar
2015    Using Visual Tools for Building Great Teams, American Association for Community College Women Oregon Fall Conference; Power of the Past, Force for the Future; Portland, OR
2015    Keynote, American Association for Community College Women Oregon Fall Conference; Power of the Past, Force for the Future; Portland, OR
2015    Intercultural Effectiveness Survey; Kozai Group; Portland, OR
2015    Innovation Team Coaching; Hillsboro Library; Hillsboro, OR
2015     Strategic Visioning; Metro; Portland, OR
2015    Strategic Visioning; Hillsboro Public Library; Hillsboro, OR
2015    Establishing Creative Practice for Your Global Life with Cate Brubaker and Sabrina Zeigler; online class
2015    Create Your Global Life Vision for 2015; Global Life Summit; online summit
2015    Pure Imagination; Life By Design NW; Portland OR
2014    How to Create a Vision for Your Global Life; Global Life Summit; online summit
2014    Intercultural Effectiveness Survey; Kozai Group; Portland OR
2013    Change is Hard: What Can We Do About It? Workshop for the Unitus Credit Union; Portland OR
2013   Annual Board and Staff Retreat; Facilitation for Ride Connection Portland, OR
2013   Visioning Meeting for New Mentoring Program; Facilitation for Oregon Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators; Salem OR
2013   Using Visuals to Deepen Relationships with Prospects; Workshop at Making Connections That Matter; Americare Annual Sales Conference; Nashville TN
2012   How to Use Visuals to Connect with Prospects and Help Them Open up to Like and Trust You; Keynote at Advanced Sales and Marketing Summit; Scottsdale AZ
2012   Reinventing Higher Education; Facilitated at University of Washington, Bothell; Bothell WA|
2012   Creating a Vision for Diversity, Workshop with Chris Cartwright at Regional Arts and Culture Council; Portland OR
2011    Creating Innovative Personal Learning Plans; Facilitated at Innovate,  ASTD-Cascadia Conference; Salem OR
2011    Visual Conversations: Engaging Curiosity with Pictures; Facilitated at SIETAR-PDX; Portland OR
2010   Playing with Leadership Development; Facilitated at Learning to Play –Playing to Learn, ASTD-Cascadia Regional Conference; Salem OR
2009   Visual Methods Across Cultures; Facilitated with Regina Rowland, The Art and Mastery of Facilitation: Explore Diversity, International Association of Facilitators Conference; Vancouver, BC
2008   Using Visuals to Unlock Strategic Processes; Facilitated at Get Your Head in the Clouds: Innovations in Learning Conference; San Jose, CA
2008   Visual Approach to Surfacing Insights; Facilitated at Games, Activities and Simulations, NASAGA conference; Indianapolis, IN

Selected Exhibits, Galleries and Shows

2015     Curated Here be Art, Walters Arts Center, Hillsboro, OR
2015     Organized Affordable Art for Everyone, NW Events Center, Hillsboro, OR
2015     Organized Creative Hillsboro, Shute Park Library, Hillsboro, OR
2015     The Green Cab, Beaverton City Hall, Beaverton, OR
2015     The Green Cab, Hillsboro Senior Center, Hillsboro, OR
2015     New Works, New Seasons Cedar Hills, Beaverton, OR
2015     The Green Cab, Beach Books, Seaside Oregon
2014     Beyond The Story, Hillsboro Library, Hillsboro OR
2014     Washington County Art Tour; Hillsboro OR
2014     The Green Cab, Hillsboro Public Library Gallery, Hillsboro OR
2014     The Green Cab, Insomnia Coffee, Hillsboro OR
2014     The Green Cab, Tualatin Estate Vineyard, Forest Grove OR
2013     Washington County Art Tour; Hillsboro OR
2013     Art on Broadway Gallery; Beaverton OR
2013     Studio Sale, Wild Money Book Launch; Portland OR
2013     Studio Sale, Lunaria Financial; Portland OR
2002     Bead and Button Show; Portland OR
2002     Art in Bloom, Gresham Town Hall Gallery; Gresham OR
1998     Valley Arts Gallery; Forest Grove OR
1995 – 1997    Penland Gallery; Penland NC

Selected Publications

2016    Drawn Together Through Visual Practice edited anthology; Rigorous Design of Visual Tools That Deepen Conversation and Spark New Insights by Christine Martell
2015     Circle of the Nine Muses: A Storytelling Guide for Innovators & Meaning Makers by David Hutchens, Wiley.
2010     Visual Meetings: How Graphics, Sticky Notes & Idea Mapping Can Transform Group Productivity by David Sibbet; Wiley.
2010     Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and Changemakers by Dave Gray, Sunni Brown, James Macanufo; O’Reilly
2010     Four Word Self Help: Simple Wisdom for Complex Lives by Patti Digh; Skirt! Books
2010     Creative is a Verb: If You’re Alive You’re Creative by Patti Digh; Skirt! Books
2010     Exploring New Options, Photo and Painted Card Deck and Manual; VisualsSpeak
2009     Developing Great Leaders, Photo Card Deck; VisualsSpeak
2008     Building Great Teams, Photo Card Deck, Guide and Manual; VisualsSpeak
2005     ImageSet, Photo Set, and Manual; VisualsSpeak
2004     500 Beaded Objects: New Dimensions in Contemporary Beadwork by  Carol Wilcox Wells and Terry Krautwurst; Lark Books|
2003     Wire Artist Jeweler, Fire Mountain Gems
2003     Bead Dreams: Inspiration and Technique for Beading Artistry
2001      PC Photo, Exit Page

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