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As a child, whenever someone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up I'd say "I'm going to be an artist." I remember one time I said it and the response was "Everyone is already an artist. I mean what do you want to do for a REAL job when you grow up?"

Guess what happened? I grew up, got a corporate job fresh out of college and I was managing at a large company by 22 years old. I did that for almost 8 years and gained valuable business knowledge but not the life joy I was looking for. Joy in your work is so important. I didn't have that working under florescent lighting and constant white noise.

In 2008 I opened The Midnight Orange and in 2011 my business had grown so much that I couldn't keep up with it while working my regular full time job. I took the very brave leap of faith and left my corporate job…

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  • Born on September 12
  • Joined February 29, 2008

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As a child, whenever someone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up I'd say "I'm going to be an artist." I remember one time I said it and the response was "Everyone is already an artist. I mean what do you want to do for a REAL job when you grow up?"

Guess what happened? I grew up, got a corporate job fresh out of college and I was managing at a large company by 22 years old. I did that for almost 8 years and gained valuable business knowledge but not the life joy I was looking for. Joy in your work is so important. I didn't have that working under florescent lighting and constant white noise.

In 2008 I opened The Midnight Orange and in 2011 my business had grown so much that I couldn't keep up with it while working my regular full time job. I took the very brave leap of faith and left my corporate job to pursue my dream as a full time artist. The job no one thought was real when I was a little girl became my very real, very fulfilling, very stable career. Here we are in 2015 and am so completely humbled and privileged to be here doing what I'm doing. I am thrilled to be living my dream and teaching my two young daughters that working hard and having passion can make dreams come true.

I am passionate about sculpting and the subject matters that I sculpt. I want my sculptures to touch everything life touches and for them to help us tell our life journeys in clay. My hope is that that is what you feel you've found here.

I sculpt child angels in honor of my childhood friend Christopher who left much, much too soon when we were just 8 years old. You can read his story here: http://themidnightorange.blogspot.com/2010/04/why-i-sculpt-child-angels.html

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