My first steps toward applying my creativity to the outer world began in high school in Cincinnati, Ohio. I sang and played guitar and bass for several punk bands, contributing lyrics and musical arrangements. I also immersed myself in the underground music scene, going to see many bands and visiting the community radio station.
Immediately following receiving my BFA from the University of Cincinnati, I moved to Oakland, California, where my family had lived in the '60s and early '70s. Perhaps my parents' fond descriptions of the Bay Area led me back. I made art on and off until 1998, when I was accepted into San Francisco Art Institute's MFA program, where I focused on painting.
I made the decision to re-enter school seven years after receiving my MFA and completed my MLIS (Master of Library and Information Science) in 2009. I currently work full-time in a position that utilizes the degree.
Since 2019, I have focused on the exploration of printmaking, specifically monotypes, at studios in Berkeley and San Francisco. For each studio visit, I trust that my years of exposure to and making of art will lead to a couple of successful prints in a day.
MFA, San Francisco Art Institute
BFA, University of Cincinnati
Grew up in Pensacola, FL; Oakland, CA; Minneapolis, MN; and Cincinnati, OH
Lives in San Francisco, CA