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Date Joined: March 15, 2011
Last Online: March 16, 2018
Birthday: July 17, 1977
Country: United States
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About Me

I love making art, mostly print making, drawing, and encaustic pieces. My work is generally highly detailed. My humor and interest in irony or absurdity often comes through in the pieces I make. I like to incorporate animals into a lot of my art, because I think they make the concepts I choose to depict a little bit more universal, rather than putting a specific human face to an idea. I am drawn to work that is technically proficient and well crafted.

I am a first grade teacher and a mother to a delightful six year old boy and his six month old sister. I don't have the time right now to devote myself to larger, more involved art work. ATCs are a great way to keep my drawing skills sharp. Most ATCs you get from me will either be hand drawn, or be hand drawn and collage.

I strongly value effort. Whether it is a class, an art project, training for a half-marathon, or maintaining relationships, I try to do the absolute best job that I can. Maybe it is the teacher in me, but I kind of expect highest quality effort from the people I associate with as well.

Favorite Books

I really liked the Wind Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami. My favorite picture book is "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs" Two of my favorite children's illustrators are Steven Kellog (inspired me to draw as a kid), and John Muth. He has excellent watercolor paintings.

Favorite Music

I mostly listen to the stuff I bought back in high school, or college back in the 90's. Lately that means Nellie Furtado, Leonard Cohen, Fleetwood Mac, Flaming Lips, Camper Van Beethoven, Modest Mouse and Death Cab for Cutie.

Favorite Television

I don't watch much television. The only two adult shows I try to catch are the Big Bang Theory and Grimm. Other than that, I occasionally enjoy a cartoon with my son.

Favorite Crafts

I used to like scrapbooking, but I got tired of it, or maybe I just stopped being able to find the time for it once I started teaching full time. I like playing with clay and ceramics when I have the chance. Casting jewlery was fun when I tried it, but haven't played with that method of art/craft making for a good 15 years. I made confetti eggs with the first graders, blowing out the egg guts, filling the eggs with confetti and painting the outsides to decorate them. That was fun. I painted a birdhouse two years ago.


Things I like:

Colors: Red, Blue, Green (especially lime green) Purple, Blue, Turquoise.

Animals: Rhinos, giraffes, zebras, Owls, Octopus, Elephants, Birds of all sorts, Armadillos (although, I have never seen one in real life. They look like warrior 'possums!) Pandas, Tigers, Cows, cats, goats, frogs, insects (as subject matter for my art, not swarming about me.

Scents: Fruity smells. Gardenia and jasmine.

Adidas stripes.

Unexpected positive feedback from a 6 year old that thought your lesson rocked.



Hawaii. (Although I have only been there once.)

Furry baby animals.

Persistence, determination, ambition, personal bests, and a good sense of humor when those other things aren't quite enough.

Furry slippers.

Running, Biking, Swimming (although I am a novice, and not that skilled with the first two.

VW Bugs and Jeep Wranglers


Dressing up.

I loved my first attempt at surfing, at snowboarding, at water skiing, swing and salsa dancing, and I hope I get the opportunity to try all of these things again!


Things I don't like:

In general, swarms! Swarms of anything kind of creep me out. Ants, worms, baby spiders. Even if it were a swarm of WAY too many cats, like the people on the hoarders show on TV have, I would have a problem with that.

Spiders really bother me, especially the thick, athletic ones.

Dreary gray, rainy days.


Smoked Salmon and BBQ sauce.

Strangers that follow you on the street.




Creepy people in general.

Splinters and paper cuts.


The sound of someone chewing with their mouth open.

Wish list

Things I would love:

❤️ Text from newspapers, especially text other than English.

💚Paper with interesting textures. At least ATC size, please.

💛 Sheet music.

💜 Blank cards

💛Washi tape

💙 Flat, interesting metal objects that can be used in collage or mixed media projects.

💖 Watch faces.

💝Drawing pens or markers

💛Punched out decorative boarders that are at least 4 inches in length.

💙 Recipes to try that are pretty much fool proof. I am not that skilled at cooking...

💚 Super strong magnets.

❤️ Anything with a blue kitty on it for my 4year old son.


blueseabliss rated for ATC: Panda on Feb 8, 2018
Comment: I think this may be the coolest ATC ever! Thank you!!!
Fieke rated for Heart ATC inside and out on Feb 5, 2018
Comment: Thank you very much for the ATC's. You even made two of them ! I also love the decorated envie and the hearts you inluded :)
MyRetroSoul rated for ATC - Free Themed #20 (USA) on Jan 29, 2018
Comment: I nearly cried when i saw this beautiful cat ATC you made me. It looks just like my cat Charlie who i had to take to live with my parents this summer because my toddler was too rough with him. I’ve had him for 15 years and it’s been hard being away so your ATC is just what i needed. And it’s so beautiful. It is without a doubt my favorite ATC. Thank you so much!
SuMay rated for IS Decorated envelope #2 INT on Sep 28, 2016
Comment: What a joyful swirl of warm colours, Joey, thank you! It matches the thermal image of the Earth on the stamp. Was that intentional? The fish is one of your own, I take it? I'm sure I'll find a use for her, thank you.
1975sandra rated for IS:Decorated envelope #1 INT on Aug 30, 2016
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful decorated envelope, I loved everything about it x
idasideetje rated for Draw on Pc #8 INTERNATIONAL on Aug 19, 2016
Comment: Amazing drawing!! The sun is not only shining on the postcard, it's shining in our house! LOVE IT!!!
Comment: Thank you so much! I love the label stickers & your drawing of a mermaid on the envelope is wonderful xxx
Comment: oh my glob! This is one of the most beautiful atcs I have ever seen. I am so amazed by your skills on this little fellow I cannot thank you enough for such an awesome atc and it matches my loves and lists perfectly honestly thank you so much for an amazing atc.
camelsamba rated for Draw on PC #8 USA on Jul 20, 2016
Comment: The postcard itself is cool, but your drawing is FABulous! Really really great. Thanks!! (PS. We are Steven Kellogg fans here, too.)
judgedbyabookscover rated for Speedy Random ATC! #2 on Jul 20, 2016
Comment: Love the color of this ATC.. fits perfectly into my collection!
SuMay rated for Security ATC - INT on Jul 19, 2016
Comment: Au ja, my first Katz! The sperm whale is beautiful, thank you. Thanks, too, for organising the swap. Sonia (SuMay)
Comment: Thank you so much
SamiE rated for ATC - Free Themed #135 (USA) on Jul 12, 2016
Comment: Thanks for the really interesting ATC. Great work.
Onaki rated for ATC - Free Themed #120 (USA) on Jul 12, 2016
Onaki rated for ATC - Free Themed #118 (USA) on Jul 12, 2016
LMeowkin rated for 30 Day Swap - Day 6 Owl on Jul 11, 2016
Comment: Thank you SO much for the pocket letter filler! I appreciate it!
LunaMoody rated for ATC - Free Themed #122 (USA) on Jul 11, 2016
Comment: Great ATC. Thank you
urocyonfox rated for ATC - Free Themed #119 (USA) on Jul 8, 2016
Comment: What a lovely tree, the technique is so unique and beautiful thAnk you
Esthercita79 rated for IS ~ ATC with a Pocket - INT on Jul 7, 2016
Comment: Thank you for the lovely vintage type ATC! My favorite style 😄
3trysandimout rated for Anamalia #6 "F" on Jul 3, 2016
Comment: Joey, this is the MOST beautifu fox I have ever seen. A true piece of art!! I have never been able to get colored pencil to look so goodl. Many thanks!!

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CurlyTea on Jul 25, 2017:

RyeRye on Jul 2, 2016:

RyeRye on Jul 1, 2016:

Thanks for hosting in Inspiration Station!

RyeRye on Jun 24, 2016:

Thanks for joining Inspiration Station!

bbsporty on Jul 17, 2014:

Happy Birthday!

thebragal on Jul 2, 2014:

Omw, I KWYM about 'thick, althletic' spiders! Eewwww!! I love absolutely everything about summer except bugs (and weeding my garden.)

dobie256 on Jul 2, 2014:

Thank you for the lovely profile comment about my artworks. I do like trying new techniques and swap-bot gives me plenty of opportunity for that! I love your works -- especially combining your detailed pen work drawings with mixed media backgrounds. Looking forward to seeing what you send me!

PariahPoet on Jun 15, 2014:

I sometimes browse profiles of others in a swap before partners are set. I also love "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs".

That is all. :)

AlexWhatton on Jun 11, 2014:

We have a lot in common! I'm excited to send you this ATC today! Hope you like it! <3 Alex

tonewadventures on Apr 1, 2014:

Thank you for joining Easy ATC Swap #3

Happy Swapping!

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