Although I was formally trained at the Rhode Island School of Design (BFA in Painting, 2000), Art has played a non-conventional role in my life ever since. I have taught art to everyone from maximum security prisoners in Trenton, NJ to children residing in a homeless shelter in Santiago, Chile. I have taught home schooled children and public schoolers from kindergarteners to High School Seniors. Throughout these various teaching endeavors, I've worked at maintaining my own personal artistic practice. I have long had diverse interests in my artwork and I return to the same three themes:
1. Botanical and Naturalistic imagery
2. Monsters and Creatures
3. Whimsical portraiture
Currently, I am the Art teacher for Beulah Ralph Elementary school in Columbia, MO. Along with three other incredibly talented local artists (Kelsey Hammond, Aron Fischer, Hannah Reeves) I helped found the 8th St. Makers Collective.. 8th St. Makers Collective holds regular pop-up shops throughout the community selling affordable, high quality local art. In addition to creating original work for each pop-up shop, I work as an illustrator and I recently began collaborating with Facture Goods (www.facturegoods.com) to create hand-painted ceramic ware.