In 2009 I began drawing a daily autobiographical comic called Easel Ain't Easy. The series begins in Madison, Wisconsin where I worked at a senior center, and follows my journey out to Portland, Oregon where I illustrated my first graphic novel, met my husband and got a cat. Easel Ain't Easy is a light-hearted record of my life as a cartoonist trying to find her way, and a showcase of my evolution as an artist and storyteller. Although the comics eventually slowed in their regularity, I still managed to draw 500 of them over the course of 5 years. The title, a product of alliterative brainstorming, refers to the rigor of any creative undertaking. Just 'cuz something ain't easy doesn't mean it can't be fun!