Bachelor of Education in Art 2002
University of Toledo, Ohio

Master of Art in Painting 2009
Adams State University, Alamosa, CO

Art Shows and Galleries

  • 2017 Gallery Representation at Kasum Contemporary Fine Art, Oklahoma City, OK
  • 2010-2017 Gallery Representation and Biannual Solo Shows at Raitman Art Galleries, Breckenridge and Vail, CO
  • 2012-2017 Gallery Representation at I Heart Denver, Denver, CO
  • 2016 Gallery Representation at 1505 Gallery, Denver, CO
  • 2015 “Colors and Kaleidoscopes” Fine Art Exhibit at Gold Hill Mesa, Colorado Springs, CO
  • 2012-2015 Gallery Representation at Mountain Living Studio, Manitou Springs, CO
  • 2013 DPS Faculty Art Show: “Teachers as Artists,” Wellington Webb Building, Denver, CO
  • 2009-2013 Gallery Representation and Annual Solo Show at C.C. Opiela Gallery, Denver, CO
  • 2010 “Best of Santa Fe Art District 2009” at 910 Arts, Juried Show, Santa Fe Ave, Denver, CO
  • 2009 “Urbanscapes,” Graduate Thesis Art Show, Cloyde Snook Gallery, Adams State University, Alamosa, CO
  • 2009 “Art in the Meadows,” Juried Art Show, The Grange, Castle Rock, CO
  • 2008 “Monte Vista Holiday Festival Art Tour,” Hope’s Castle, Monte Vista, CO
  • 2008 “Art at the Marvel House; Inaugural Exhibition,” Adams State University, Alamosa, CO
  • 2008 “Summer Studios: Student Exhibition,” Hatfield Gallery, Adams State University, Alamosa, CO
  • 2008 “Bike Art,” Poudre River Arts Center, Fort Collins, CO
  • 2008 “Positive Art”, Gilmore Art Center, Denver, CO
  • 2008 “Milkshake,” Graduate Student Artwork, Hatfield Gallery, Adams State University, Alamosa, CO
  • 2007 “CAEA: Colorado Art Educators Association,” Cloyde Snook Gallery, Adams State University, Alamosa, CO
  • 2007 “Abstract Art,” Spectrum Art Gallery, Toledo, OH
  • 2006 “Abstract Art,” Spectrum Art Gallery, Toledo, OH
  • 2006 “Art-o-Matic 419,” Adams Street in Toledo, OH
  • 2003 Solo Show at Coconino Center for the Arts, Flagstaff, Arizona
  • 2002 “Designing the Future,” University of Toledo’s Center for Visual Arts Gallery, Toledo, OH
  • 1999 Solo Show at University of Toledo’s Lake Erie Center Gallery, Toledo, OH

Artist Statement

I am fascinated with the sense of place and its power to influence our life experiences. Each place in our world renders different emotional experiences, evokes various feelings and can give us a sense of authentic human attachment and belonging. Our memories are shaped and dictated by this sense of place and time in our lives. In my paintings, I try to re-create a memory or feeling of a place and render the experience on a two-dimensional surface. I am drawn to both urban and natural spaces and often seek to balance them in a playful juxtaposition. My paintings are an attempt to bring solace to these two opposing worlds and create one shared, communal space. Using shapes in their most basic form, I create an elementary-like depiction of the objects in my paintings. I use a bold, primary color palette to create a sense of playfulness in my paintings. My whimsical, illustrative approach to painting is also based on a lifelong adulation of children’s books where the simplest and arguably the most important ideas are portrayed in clever ways. My paintings are personal responses and memories devoted to the places that have shaped my life experiences.

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