Hello and thank you for visiting my website!
I was born and raised in sunny Arizona. Growing up, I had always loved art and science. One of my fondest memories involves my Nana and I painting a watercolor of a waterfall when I was a little girl.
Throughout high school, I became involved with technical theater as a scenic artist and loved studying biology, specifically genetics. These passions continued into college, where ultimately technical theater won out in the end. In 2006, I received my undergrad from Northern Arizona University in technical theater with an emphasis in scenic design/painting and a minor in studio art.
Without a job in sight, I headed off to New York to pursue my freelance career in scenic art and design. My first job was as a scenic artist for Fela!. From that point, I was hooked. I was a scenic painter for off/on Broadway and television productions and an associate scenic designer/painter for the Actor’s Studio Drama School: MFA Repertory season at Pace. When I returned to Arizona, I married my wonderful husband and continued designing and painting for the Valley Youth Theatre. During my time with Valley Youth Theatre I received the National Youth Award for Scenic Design for Hairspray.
Eventually, I wanted to find a way to combine my love of science with art and design, which led me to teaching. In 2013, I received my Master’s in Elementary Education and became a middle school science teacher. I loved the ability to create projects for the kids that incorporated design, scientific, and engineering elements- like creating digital 3D models of microscopes and cells, engineering prosthetic arms, crafting duct tape water containers, and computer coding. In 2016, I received the Tempe Diablos Rising Star Award.
In 2015, my husband and I faced challenging times. I turned to creating art to help me through everything. My paintings make me think about life- big and small, near and far, microscopic to galactic. I combine images of the relatable pieces of nature (like trees and flowers) with the patterns and elements of life in the universe (like nebulas) to create my acrylic galaxy paintings. My process involves photographing nature, researching outer space images from the Hubble telescope and NASA, painting, masking, drawing, painting, and then revealing the final piece. I hope you enjoy!
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