Art has always been a passion for me. I was born with a pencil in my hand. For 30-plus years, I worked as a graphic designer in print shops, newspapers, and my own business (Cranky Crow Designs - now the name of my studio). I was also a fine artist, inks being my medium of choice.
Graphic design is fast-paced and stressful with demanding deadlines, and after many years of this, burnout started. Health problems became more prevalent over the years; in 2013, my symptoms became more aggressive and severe. Tremors, loss of coordination, inability to write or paint, and by 2015 I could no longer work. I had to stop riding my motorcycle, quit my job, stop painting, and could no longer manage my house and garden. In 2017, I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, and I immediately started researching ways to cope with and manage my health daily. My son encouraged me to try yoga, meditation, and crystal therapy. These were beneficial in helping me to be calm, relax and unwind. A healthy diet and supplements, listening to my body, and getting rest when needed, have allowed me to be productive in my days.