I was born and raised on a farm in rural Ohio and was taught the value of hard work at a young age. Summers were spent transplanting, harvesting, and selling at the local farmers markets. In 2010, I earned my BFA from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. I then moved out west to gain my MFA from Montana State University in Montana. There, I also taught a variety of art courses including ceramics, 2D design, 3D design, and drawing for three years.
In 2013 I graduated with my MFA and then relocated to Chicago where I was a document writer and graphic designer at the corporate office of a national beauty retailer. There, I designed portfolio looks books, logos, posters, web icons, stickers, and more! After a couple years I really missed being active in a local art community. In 2015, I packed my bags again and moved to Omaha.
I am so excited to be a part of Omaha’s art community and to be teaching again with Why Arts?. As an educator my key goal is to facilitate each student’s growth creatively. I encourage students of all levels and backgrounds to use their personal experiences, insignificant and significant, and foster in them an excitement and commitment to pursue their own answers.