Backpacking the Ozark Trail.

Backpacking the Ozark Trail.

I was born in St. Louis in 1981. Like most artists, I started drawing at a very young age. I loved taking art classes in elementary and high school, but my teachers were not very encouraging.

Out of high school, I started working in factories. Then in 2005 I went to school to be a massage therapist which I did for 3 years after graduating. It was seven years that I had not drawn anything. After being prone to severe anxiety attacks while massaging clients, I decided to go back to school for art. For photography.

Why I chose photography, I don't know except for the fact that I liked creating narratives with it. In the meantime, I'm taking drawing classes which I absolutely loved. I did all this in four years before transferring to Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles for more photography.

While taking nothing but photography classes there and no drawing classes, I could begin to feel this blah feeling like I didn't want to do photography anymore. The process became too much for me. All the tools and equipment and then if I decided I wanted to go digital, that would mean lots of time spent behind a computer. Ew.

I finished that semester and decided that I wanted to switch majors to painting and drawing. Unfortunately, things did not work out financially in Los Angeles (such a hard city to live in by yourself) before the semester ever started and I had to pack my car and head back to Missouri. I was devastated.

It took a few years, but I began drawing and occasionally painting again in 2015. A year after my son was born. Mostly due to a lot of encouragement from my husband.

So, here we are today. I draw when I can between working in vineyards, labeling wine, housework, and taking care of a three year old. In our free time we also like to do a bunch of hiking, kayaking and exploring national parks. Which inspires a lot of what I do in my work today.