About Me

Hi, I'm Cailey.

I am an artist and a writer. I'm on a mission to tell stories with everything I create. Here, you'll find what inspires me to create, you'll find the stories behind my art, and you'll see what I feel most passionate about.

I enjoy working with a variety of media, and I dabble in painting, film-making, digital and graphic arts, printmaking, textile arts, and sculpting. But, my favorites are pencil and charcoal drawing, and collage. I also have a Canon DSLR which I dearly love, though I certainly don't use it to its full potential. As for writing, I mostly write poetry, but of course I plan to write the next great American novel someday.

I live in Cincinnati, Ohio, which I believe is a darling city, and one which I fall deeper in love with all the time.

I've believed in the power of art as long as I can remember, but I started seriously developing my skills in high school. I finally started this blog right after I graduated high school, and what an adventure life has been since then!

In 2017 I earned my Bachelor of Arts in English. There were no art classes at my small university, but ask anyone there and they'll tell you I basically created my own double major with fine art. As a student I had the privilege of doing several talks on art as a form of worship, a subject I get very excited about. I also briefly co-lead an art club on campus, and integrated art into quite a few projects and assignments.

My art has appeared in several art exhibitions in the Cincinnati area, and a showcase with RAW:Columbus in March, 2015. My sketchbook titled Silhouette Girl and the Moonhorse is in the Volume 14 collection at the Brooklyn Art Library. I've also won a few local awards, the first of which was first place in my age bracket for a coloring contest at a restaurant when I was 5 years old. Unfortunately, I grew out of the t-shirt prize.

Switching tracks to writing, my main forms of expression are poetry and the blog on this site. I've had several poems published in print and online, most recently in Snapdragon: A Journal of Art & Healing, The Healing Muse, and Gravitas. In Fall 2018 I self-published my first poetry chapbook, Stars & Seas, exploring my own anxiety, depression, and faith. I'm constantly writing new poems and I hope to publish again soon!

My 9-5 is at the Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. I work as a library technician in their regional library support center, which is contracted by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS).

As an avid reader, I enjoy providing braille and audio books to our patrons across the eastern US. I also have the privilege of being a part of the Clovernook Art Initiative, a group dedicated to making the arts accessible for blind and visually impaired individuals through braille materials, tactile graphics, audio descriptions, and other site accessibility services. I work with fantastic people who are passionate about making the world a better place through literature and the arts!

In my free time, you can usually find me making myself at home in a coffee shop. I'll be the one shamelessly snapping pictures of my latte and whatever book I'm currently reading (and putting the pictures on Instagram). I'm no extrovert, but I've discovered I'm most productive when there's some bustle and buzz going on around me. Whether I'm writing, drawing, or reading, I love the atmosphere of a cafe or coffee shop.

My goal is to combine my skills in creative expression with my formal education in communication to build a campaign for hope. I believe the arts are a powerful way to express the deepest of emotions, break through the stigma of mental illness, bring hope to broken people and places, and touch the lives of the sighted, blind, hearing, and deaf alike. If you agree, then you and I will probably find a lot to talk about. So take a look around my blog and then get in touch with me! I'd really love to hear your story.