I am an artist who draws inspiration from a childhood spent playing in the woods and getting lost in books. My illustrative paintings exude a love for nature, whimsy and storytelling.
My artwork celebrates the life I discovered in the woods behind my childhood home.
My summers were spent exploring the creek bed, looking at insects, running through fields of weeds taller than myself, and checking my hair for spiders afterward. It was a magical time and now I make artwork that borrows from those memories while I insert an extra dose of humor, strangeness, and whimsy.
I received my BFA in Ceramics and Drawing from Millersville University in 2012 and a post-baccalaureate from Syracuse University in 2015.
There is little difference between us and the smallest creatures.
Their joy is joy.
Their suffering is suffering. Empathy is world-changing.
Limiting the environmental impact of my artwork is a high priority in my studio. Prints and packaging are made from recycled materials, original works of art are oftentimes created using reclaimed materials, and more. I'm nowhere near perfect, but I'm learning more everyday and continuing to adjust so that someday my studio will be guilt-free.
York: Crafted (now called PechaKucha Night York) gives York's doers and makers a platform to share their experience of what it means to craft, and to be a craftsman. This is my 2020 presentation called "Art and Exploring the Self" that uses the PechaKucha 20 images x 20 seconds format.
Lancaster Story Slam is a monthly storytelling event that takes place in Lancaster, PA. In December 2021, I competed in their Grand Slam finale by sharing my "Picture Perfect" story about a trip to Maine.