I studied at the American Academy of Arts in Chicago and received a Bachelors of Fine Arts with a focus in Life Drawing in 2011. I have always been interested in portraits and find a lot of fulfillment  in capturing an individual's likeness. I am trained in many mediums but find the greatest freedom in soft pastel.


I am greatly in love with the impressionists and their ability to get to the essence of what they are looking at through color and value. I tend towards a more realistic look but still find great joy in mark making and being able to see my hand in the work I do. From a distance my work can appear somewhat photorealistic but on closer inspection all of the mark making becomes very apparent.

I also love love sculpting and making. Creating itself is something I strive to do the rest of my life.

If you are interested in commissioning please send me a message regarding the project through the Contact me page of this site.

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