I am currently living in Wahoo, Nebraska, but I grew up in Overland Park, Kansas. In 2004, I received my Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art, with an emphasis in drawing, from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. In May of 2005 I moved to Denver and quickly fell in love with the area. After 13 years in Colorado, I made the decision to move to Nebraska, with my husband and children, to be closer to family after my mother’s dementia diagnosis.
Though my artwork goes through phases, I often find myself returning to the themes of place and human connection. I am interested in people and their stories, whether it is a relative, whose life I know intimately, or a stranger passing by. I am constantly scanning and observing my surroundings. Much of my art is a personal record of these observations – filtered through my own eyes, emotions, and imagination, of course. By drawing and painting these moments of pause, I’m allowed to linger with them a bit longer. I like to allow the viewer to personally connect with my art, while leaving room in my work for them to create their own narrative about the subject.
I also carve out time for creating playful whimsical artwork, which brings me right back to my childhood imagination. I think it is very important to make time for play because, besides nourishing the soul, it keeps me from taking myself too seriously. Since I was very young, my mind has enjoyed escaping into magical miniature worlds, especially as I go on walks through natural landscapes. A milkweed pod becomes a boat, an acorn top makes a lovely bowl, a chunk of bark might create the perfect roof, and so on. Often, I’ll come home from a walk with such little treasures in my pocket.