About the artist
I was born a USAF military brat in Bremerhaven, Germany but have lived in the Tampa Bay area most of my life after my father left the military. I went to Pinellas County Center for the Arts in St. Petersburg and attained my Bachelor’s in Art Studio from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida in 2006. After the birth of my only son in 2016, I left my full-time job of 10 years with Valpak to pursue art full-time instead of part-time.
Much of my work focuses on using symbolism to retell stories of my life. I paint with limited acrylic palettes and mix in textures to add depth and emphasis to my scenes and their symbols.
I am currently working on my Cancer series to talk about my family's past experiences with Cancer. I am a childhood cancer survivor and my father passed from Lung Cancer in 2016 (before my son was born) so it very much permeates my life. Much of the work is a reflection on how we remembered the stress, fear of death, loss and the differences between child and adult memories of the same experiences. In the future, I hope to paint other people's stories about Cancer as a means of furthering research and providing assistance to families going through treatment and or loss.