I live and breathe watercolor, it is what gets me happy and excited about life and its possibilities. I've been painting since I was a small child, having learned the basics from my talented aunt, who works as a professional calligrapher. I'm so grateful to have been exposed to art from a young age and allowed the opportunity to practice in a supportive environment. My mother's work as a veterinary technician peaked my interest in painting animals and pets, and I quickly fell in love. In addition to painting pets on commission, I love painting birds, flowers, wildlife, and abstract subjects.
I am inspired by how watercolor lends itself to so many different painting styles. It can be abstract and fluid, as well as controlled to accurately render intricate details. My goal with each new painting is to balance these two qualities while creating an interesting composition and using exciting color. Ultimately, I hope to engage the viewer on an emotional level by depicting subjects that connect them to meaningful memories.
I love to use non-traditional watercolor surfaces, such as Yupo (recycled plastic paper), TerraSkin (paper made from ground stone), and gessoed wood panels. I paint most every day, experiment and try new techniques often, and always have a stack of watercolor books from the library on my desk.
University of Northwestern - St. Paul
Bachelor of Science, 2012