I can't remember a time when I wasn't into the arts. And to this day I remain a lover of learning.
First, it was a grand introduction to music. My immigrant Scottish grandmother played the piano, harmonica, accordion, and she sang, danced, and whistled beautifully. We spent a lot of time together and she had me singing for family and friends of theirs when I was 2. Music has been there all my life, and it's my absolute favorite thing about being human.
Then it was my mom who was quite artsy. Whatever she wanted to make, she made it. Stained glass, leather Coat-of-Arms (she learned that from her dad), she even reupholstered furniture the right way... she painted a raw egg on the floor once, and we'd trip over ourselves, trying to avoid it. I remember when I was young, she'd sing along to her favorite music whenever and wherever a worthy song was playing, like the grocery store or in the car while picking me up from school. I was often mortified, but now it makes me miss her.
I followed that with theater, choir, and AP art all through school. Professional working musician for 25+ years after that. Three movie extra roles, a one-time stand-in, a couple of commercials, podcast host, podcast engineer, crafter of all sorts, public speaker, announcer (roller derby and marching band half-time show)... and that, pretty much sums up all things up to a couple business degrees and a graphic design school topper.
Then there's the big, big, family full of creatives. Five children of ours, 7 grands, 2 dogs, 3 cats, and some extra people we've added throughout the years, for good measure.
I am also a giant fanatic and all around ally of the community and those in it. I served as a VP in the local PTA and a few years as a BOD member of a sports local league, as well a volunteer at our schools and select community functions. Small, local businesses are my favorite place to shop and eat.
It took awhile to find my niche. Looking back, I guess it was pretty easy to figure I'd be drawing pictures for my own community. And so, here we are.
MadSplatter Graphics offers graphic design, apparel, merch stuff for good human peeps. hobby groups, the LGBTQ community, the cannabis community, and any other individual, group, or organization who makes the world a better place.
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