Having parents that believed strongly in the values of homeschooling, I had a unique opportunity to explore the world of art without outside influences and with the unending possibilities of my imagination. After high school I continued my pursuit of art at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania where I acquired my Bachelor of Science in Studio Art and studied under my professors who guided me through various facets of art, including studies in welding and metal work.
After college, I took time off and pursued a job at a sword shop in Spencer, NY where I learned the art of sword making and metal work. This skill has given me the ability to strengthen my interest in sculpture through welding, which I've used to create pieces that embrace organic textures and shapes.
After several months, I felt that it was time to move on and continue my education in the world of art. I was accepted into Mansfield University's Art Education program and earned my Masters in Art Education in 2011. From there, I was hired at an animal rescue, a non-profit no-kill facility, where I worked my way up to Assistant Supervisor and eventually began a new position as the Director of Enrichment and Behavior in 2014. I found myself using my experiences in art to connect with local schools and colleges, as well as surrounding businesses and communities, to help promote awareness of the organization. What I realized at that point was how beautiful art really is and how it can be used to create change and make the world a more positive place. My arts purpose is to inspire, create change, and to share my concerns and passion in my community and throughout the country.
I continue to work and further my art by painting landscapes, welding sculptures, and participating in local art festivals, as well as holding exhibitions throughout the area. I teach art classes within the community, offering skill-building projects that inspire students to break into the world of art.