I was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. As an adult I have lived in the suburbs of Phoenix, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Cleveland, and now Boston. I have a sixteen year old son who is always very encouraging and supportive of my artwork. I have been an artist since early childhood, but it was only once I was into my thirties that I realized that making art was really what I wanted to do with my life, rather than just being “some hobby” that I do. I took up painting in the fall of 2006 and realized quickly that the oil painting medium was where my true passion lay. I also enjoy photography and sculpture and hope to find ways to combine all of these elements into future works. In my spare time I also enjoy reading and have been juggling as a hobby for over 20 years. Several cats dominate my house, including one who is old enough to vote.
I think that in this society it is easy to overlook the mundane. One of my core philosophies is that beauty and art can be found almost anywhere. I take to heart the advice to “stop and smell the roses.” As an artist I feel compelled to show the hidden beauty that surrounds us—to explore the shapes and colors that are right in front of us, if we’d only take a moment to see them. There is an unfathomable depth of beauty hidden in the intricate details of a pile of leaves; there is a quiet grace to the curve of the shadow of a door handle; something as simple as the splintered wood grain of a worn park bench can be intensely beautiful when examined. I also feel there is an appeal to uncertainty in artwork. I enjoy creating art that makes the viewer question what they are seeing, and then take a closer look.