I was born in 1973 in Vancouver, Canada, into an artistic family.
When I was young we moved to Italy for five years where I was first taught to paint with oils, draw with charcoals and pastels and mould wax at a school in Florence. I learned about traditional perspective in drawing as well, which I later rekindled in high school drafting classes. Also while In Italy, I was taught how to illustrate my writings in home-school classes.
Many years later, after growing up in Vancouver, I went to college to focus on art in which there was that familiarity. From 1994 to 1998 I attended art school in Sarasota, Florida where I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Illustration. While there, I acquired a love for drawing the human figure, painting in oils again, visual problem solving and I also learned many other foundational techniques.
I now live in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and work predominately with oil paint and charcoal to produce paintings and drawings from a home-based studio. Over the past eighteen years, the desert colours and light, surrounding cultures, people, landscapes, plants and objects, as well as an ongoing experimentation with the medium have all inspired the artwork. I paint what I am drawn to, out of an appreciation of, and a curiosity for, which ultimately stems from a desire for expression and a means of communication.
Since graduating from college I have been included and participated in numerous group art exhibitions and several solo exhibitions throughout the United States.