for art was inspired at a young age. As a child, I always remember
sitting at my little desk making a picture. It seemed I often
communicated visually. Whether it was in a Christmas card to
family or a personal journal entry, there was always a drawing
to be found. I remember thinking how my little creations would
become alive as I made the final touches.
I was home schooled
through most of my schooling years. It was during this time that
my first art teacher gave me the initial inspiration to pursue
my natural drive toward art. I have since studied at The American
Academy of Art in Chicago, Marwen (a not for profit organization
in which I am now an alumnus) and at The Palette and Chisel Academy
of Fine Arts in Chicago. It was at the latter that I studied
with many amazing artists to whom I credit my knowledge on how
to see as a painter and am grateful for their generosity and
encouragement. Thank you to my instructors along the way, Clayton
J. Beck III, Scott Tallman Powers, Romel De La Torre, Diane Rath.
I am also inspired
by many of the great masters, including Antonio Mancini, John
Singer Sargent, Norman Rockwell and Richard Schmid to name a
In 2007 I was
selected to be included in Southwest Art Magazine's 21 Under
31 section in the September 2007 issue".
received the AIS Award of Excellence
for her painting entitled "Memories" at the 9th annual
American Impressionist Society National juried exhibition.