I was born and raised in Illinois in the US. Though my background is in fine art and graphic design most of my time has been invested in raising 2 boys with my husband Brian, an engineer, and until recently, caregiving for aging parents. Our sons are in HS and college and both have a bent for the arts. We love doing things as a family and enjoy dancing (English Country, Contra's and International), movies, literature, music of most genres esp Irish and folk, travel and new adventures of all kinds. Our faith in God draws us to actively serve in our church and community both of which are a big part of our lives.