Before the training specialist career grabbed me by the collar and relentlessly pulled me in that direction, my professional time was focused on writing, graphic design and cartooning, and photography.
I was consistently published in a variety of formats, designed a T-Shirt line that received national recognition in a trade journal, had my own art and photography shows, as well as having my work included in other shows including being selected by jury to be included in a show at A Different Light bookstore in New York.
I recently focused these skill sets on a new role as the Northern California Chapter Guide for Girl Camper. Read articles I've written for my region here:
If you are interested in my history as an artist and writer, please see the links below.
My journey as an artist in the 1980s intersected with Laurel Burch. It was an exciting and amazing time for me!
I was faced with some challenging decisions as I balanced the draw of working for an internationally known artist with whom I had an incredible connection, and holding true to my own artistic identify. In truth, I think Laurel made lots of people feel as if they had an incredible connection with her; it was part of her creative allure. I am grateful for the two years when we sparked each other and San Francisco became part of my regular experience.
I graduated from California State University, Chico with degrees in English and in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Visual Communication. I also completed course work in journalism and photography.
Chico State's annual publication, Watershed, was well-known in the community and I was happy to be one of the writers included in this volume:
My career as an artist started in 7th grade when a friend hired me to draw personalized Christmas tags for her.
I continued carrying two careers until 2006 when my training schedule became so booked, I decided to focus on that for a time. Most recently I started selling Goggia Graphics again through my online Zazzle store, Goggia Graphics Employee Products. This video is from 1999 when I was highlighted as an artist in
The Creative Spirit series.