with my husband, Raúl Silva. 

with my husband, Raúl Silva. 

 Our dog, Didi. 

Our dog, Didi. 

 'Poem" woodblock print,  Hakumaki, 1970

'Poem" woodblock print,  Hakumaki, 1970

I am a formally trained graphic designer, with a focus on web usability. I have always loved art and computers. I spent part of my childhood in Scotland, where we would often hike, and my dad taught me how to sketch in the Highlands, looking out over the moors. Later, the family moved to Wheaton, Maryland where we were lucky enough to have an Apple II. I created my first digital art on the Apple II using LOGO (remember turtle?). As a senior, the high school art program allowed me to spend most of the day in a studio painting and drawing with other art students. I went on to study graphic design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where I met my husband, Raúl Silva. Our shared love of learning, bezier curves, Chicago and espresso quickly made us a pair. I then worked at an Internet startup in a loft with an amazing group of developers, designers, and human factors geeks, and who schooled me in the ways of usability. I discovered that you can love what you do, and to learn as much as you can from the smart people around you.

Raúl and I now live in Wheaton, Illinois with our two creative-minded kids, and our fluffy dog, Didi.  

I have begun to bicycle more, and tend a good herb garden, along with some decent tomatoes. I like to make big batches of sriracha-inspired dishes, alternated with batches of blueberry muffins from my grandma's recipe.