"While growing up in a rural mid-western town, I preferred to spend my time in the fields and woods. Captured by the tones and textures of what I saw there, I would draw the trees and cornfields of my home. I would bring back collections of bark, corn husk and bones to reference and apply to my creations.
In 2004, I received a degree in fine art from the Cleveland institue of Art. Upon graduating, I was eager to continue my explorations. My journey led me westward to a place where I could paint freely without interruptions. Here in Montana, I find again, paths to the ever present tones and textures of the natural palette. I memorize what I see and make drawings as I explore the vast wilderness.
I find spontaneity and freedom in the power of nature, which inspires me in the creation of my work. I experience painting the way I do the landscape. It holds the same quietness the same search. Through the layering of paint and materials, I begin to find continuity with what I've discovered in nature. I begin a new journey through each painting. Most of the time, I am searching for answers I can only come so close to understanding. I find something indescribable in nature that is nevermade completely clear in the form of language, which creates my need to paint."