My work is a collection of chalk pastel drawings, oil and acrylic paintings, papier-mache, and hand-carved sculptures. I love to write character-driven stories and illustrate them with pastels and paint. I recently finished my first children’s book, Ana the No-toed Sloth, and I plan on creating many more in the future.
I’m inspired by the world around me. As a long-distance runner, I’ve found that allowing my brain to wander during long runs helps me discover creative concepts that I use in my work. I also enjoy volunteering in my community and abroad. Ana the No-toed Sloth was inspired by a volunteer trip to Costa Rica, where I worked at a college and in a nursing home. It’s the moments, stories, and experiences from my life and those around me that inspire my stories and illustrations.
I like to think that my imaginary creatures have a real life in some other world. I build stories around each character and imagine my paintings and drawings as more than just a portrait. I want the viewer or reader to feel a connection with my characters, as though they have been long-time friends. Viewers and readers feel compelled to invite these creatures into their homes, hang them on their wall, and invite them into their lives.
- Giraffe Conservation, Modern Art, Boise, ID – May 2015
- World Safari, Modern Art, Boise, ID – May 2014
- Raw artists present Discovery, Boise, ID – September 2011
- Hyde Park Street Fair, Boise, ID – June 2011
- Ana the No-toed Sloth, Flying M Coffee House, Boise, ID – March 2011
- Extinct, Thomas Hammer Coffee House, Boise, ID – December 2010
- The Modern Art, The Modern Hotel & Bar, Boise, ID – May 2010
- Hyde Park Street Fair Boise, ID – September 2011
- Thomas Hammer, Boise, ID – June 2011
- Art in the Bar — Knitting Factory, Boise, ID – March 2011
- Art in the Bar — Knitting Factory, Boise, ID – December 2010
- Thomas Hammer, Boise, ID – November 2010
- House of Art—Gem Noble Lofts, Boise, ID – November 2010
- Thomas Hammer, Boise, ID – July 2010
- Happy Fish, Boise, ID – June 2010
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