Born and raised in the big/little town of Carbondale, Illinois, I have always been a nature-loving homebody that loves to create.
I attended Southern Illinois University (graduating magna cum laude with a BA in Art/Art History), ultimately finding inspiration in the passage of time across local landscapes.
I taught myself to capture the landscape as I experience it in that particular moment ("en plein air"). I mindfully gather the shifting colors, the quality of light, all those details that my camera never seems to do justice. My materials and mediums have changed over the years, but creating en plein air continues to ground me and my art practice.
Inside the studio, I can explore place-based art even further: layering stripes of seasons across a single landscape, turning leaves and shed snake skins into canvases, even elevating litter to fine art. I release these creations seasonally here on my website, although my email list gets first dibs with an early preview ;)
If there's a special landscape that resonates with you, I'd love to hear about it and honor it with a one-of-a-kind memento...let me know through the link below!