I have always been fascinated with the art of handwriting. Throughout my childhood, I can look back at my journals and see the attraction I had to letters in my art work. Especially writing the name Colleen, which is full of loops and swirls. I still remember the day, my mom introduced me to my art teacher when I was a freshman at Carl Sandburg High School. April, was an art teacher who sponsored Calligraphy Club that met every Monday after school. I absolutely loved going to our club and what I learned in high school forever stayed with me.
I have since been a member of the Chicago Calligraphy Collective and traveled for international calligraphy conferences, including being on the steering committee for the 2008 Chicago Conference "Letters Mingle Souls." I now enjoy teaching calligraphy to children and adults.
Lettering allows one to take a moment and appreciate the art of beautiful handwriting and have the ability to preserve an ancient art that is being lost through technology.
Why I Started Organ Donation Gifts:
Ten years ago, my Dad was placed on the organ transplant list through Northwestern Medicine in Chicago.
Knowing the uncertainty of the transplant list, my brother Terrence underwent several tests to find out if he could be living donor match. Terrence received the phone call and shared the news with our family on Father's Day 2009. Our entire family was worried about my dad and brother,they would both be undergoing major surgery at the same time. My brother donated 60% of his liver to our Dad. I will be forever grateful and proud of my brother for saving our Dad's life. He demonstrated a true act of love, generosity, and courage. To pay tribute to our family transplant, I designed the Transplant Tree of Life. It is two trees intertwined symbolizing the recipient and donor.
The trees will forever be connected.
Today, I enjoy raising my two boys, we are always on the move exploring and living our world.
Thank you for taking the time to see my site.
I hope my lettering can touch your life, as it has flourished mine.