I grew up in a small town in northwest Pennsylvania. I knew from a very young age that art was where it was at for me. I fondly recall cutting, pasting, drawing and coloring for hours on end at the enormous, walnut desk that my parents bought for me at auction. From that point on, I never questioned what I’d do when I grew up. I later earned a B.F.A. in Visual Communication Design with a concentration in illustration and a minor in marketing from the University of Dayton. Go Flyers!
For several years after graduating from college, I worked as a graphic designer at a forms company and then at a publishing company-jobs that taught me business sense and design basics including a solid computer foundation. When my first child was born over a decade ago, I took the plunge and went solo as a freelance designer/artist. There’s not much that my business, Daley design, hasn’t taken on over the years; everything from design and layout for print publications to mural painting on very high ladders.
I’ve had my paintings displayed in an assortment of gallery exhibits and have had original can sculptures selected for Red Bull’s national art competition, Art of Can, in both Chicago and Houston. I’ve been featured on the HGTV show “That’s Clever” crafting a wooden Humpty Dumpty wall hanging and napkin rings for the camera. In addition, I’ve written several articles for the mixed media magazine, Cloth Paper Scissors. I’m taking the leap into art licensing with my agent and publisher, Penny Lane Publishing, Inc. I almost never pass on creative opportunities that catch my eye including creating original art for charity auctions whenever I find the time.
I’m inspired by classic children’s stories, nursery rhymes, fictional characters, travel, yard sales, shopping and even baking. I have an innate desire to make things. My quirky sense of humor heavily favors all things whimsical.
I currently reside in Cincinnati, Ohio with my three fantastic kids, one supportive husband, a charming cat and a darling dog . Don’t hesitate to drop me a line and let me know what you’re thinking. I’d love to hear from you.
Take care and keep smiling,