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I am Kittitas County born and raised – living in Ellensburg for most of my life. While growing up, I enjoyed “small town life” being involved in 4-H, Girls Scouts, and numerous church activities. I didn’t technically live on a farm, but I raised and showed rabbits, pigs and sheep for a number of years. I also loved drawing and arts & crafts. It was at an early age that I knew I either wanted to work with animals or become an artist. I graduated from Ellensburg High School and received a degree in Graphic Design from Central Washington University. I completed my graphic design internship at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater (it’s the famous house that sits over a waterfall) in Pennsylvania. After working in Pennsylvania for about a year and a half, I returned to Ellensburg to be near my family. I also spent three months in Japan doing some graphic design work for some American missionaries. In September of 2002, I began working as a graphic artist at the NKC Tribune. It was a good fit as I could still be near family and friends, stay in a small town, and work at a place that incorporates “creativity and art” into just about everything we do. I am part of a graphics team that designs ads and builds pages for the newspaper, but we can also design and print business cards, flyers, posters, brochures, carbonless forms, magnetics, banners and more!