My name is Brooke and I am a mom of 3 loving hooligans who fill my life full of love, laughter and adventure (let’s be honest, some tears too). I have been married to my husband Nick for 9 years now and yes, cliche, but he truly is my best friend. Our life is loud, messy and I love it.
I am a high school art teacher and secondary curriculum coordinator for my district. I am in my 13th year of teaching. Teaching was never on my radar. I got my undergrad in graphic design from KU, that is all I ever wanted to do. I got into the graphic design world, had a really good job, and hated it. I had just bought a house and I quit my job…. Smart huh? I started substitute teaching and ended up falling in love with teaching, went back, got my masters in art education, then a second masters (while 8 months pregnant) in studio art. I have led a blessed life, now at 43, I feel like I am just beginning to find God’s purpose for my life.
My husband Nick is my right hand man. He is behind the scenes at City Owl. Sometimes, you may be talking to him, because he often returns emails during our busy times and takes care of all of the matting and shipping. My niece has recently come on board and helps with social media because… well, I’m getting old and I am not that hip anymore.
Our oldest son is the engineer, loves all things lego, loves cars. He has a ‘thinking mind’ I call it. Just like Nick. My middle son, he will always make you smile. He may do it by talking your ear off, but he is something else. He is all things art and sea life, especially mermaids. Then there is the princess, the youngest, and the girl who is all girly and all sass.
Art is my therapy. It is my time for self reflection. The last 3 years, I have been doing commissions and the joy that people have when they see what they imagined on paper, or a picture of the home they just sold, or the pet they just lost, it’s everything. In my personal work, I am able to create art for the words I sometimes can’t speak. I have so many ideas, so much I want to do.