I graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas in 1998 where I studied Art and Biology. Rock climbing in the beautiful Hill Country on weekends allowed me to photograph the scenery as inspiration for my paintings. I also taught mural painting and art for a local non-profit providing after school activities for children and families of Southern San Antonio. As a result, my art became infused with the colors and culture of the region.
After moving to Houston in 1998 to earn my Bachelor's in Nursing, I continued to pursue art at the University of Houston. While in Nashville from 2002-07, I studied ceramics, painting and drawing. Finally settling in Colorado Springs, I enrolled in Bemis School of Art and furthered my experience in watercolor, ceramics, mosaics, and mixed media collage.
In 2014, I decided to fulfill my greatest goal: To earn my Masters in Fine Art. I was accepted into the Academy of Art University graduate program with a focus in painting and drawing. I recently moved my studio to the Cottonwood Center for Arts in downtown Colorado Springs. You can find me there the majority of my time creating art, or finding artistic inspiration as I hike and photograph the beautiful scenery just beyond my doorstep.
Combining art with my background in biology and interest in environmental conservation, the focus of my work is to depict endangered land and their fragile ecosystems. I donate a percentage of my sales to the preservation of these sites through non-profits and foundations dedicated to conservation. To date, these include Colorado Open Lands, the Palmer Land Trust, and the Coalition of the Upper South Platte.