I grew up in Alexandria, Virginia. As a child, I took several classes at a local art gallery and often wrote and illustrated my own stories. I became more serious about art in high school, but by the time I entered college, I was almost positive that I would someday become a writer. Several writing workshops later, my zeal for writing had passed on—I was a mess trying to figure out if anything I wrote was ever any good. Thus it was time to give up writing and turn back to my roots in art.
In 2008, I graduated from Elon University with a degree in Painting and Creative Writing. For my senior thesis, although I studied painting, I created several portrait collages from magazine strips. This series became my first cohesive body of work, showcasing a technique I call “painting with paper.”
Since then, I’ve continued to work on honing and developing my craft as an artist. I have exhibited my artwork in galleries all over the U.S., including the Ward Museum, Smithsonian Ripley Center, Art League Gallery, Krempp Gallery, and Caton Merchant Family Gallery. In 2010, I was selected to participate as a Visiting Artist at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia. In 2011, I wrote and illustrated my first children’s book, Duck & Fish.
I’m currently working on commission work and selling artwork through my website.