I'm from Chicago, but I move around a lot. Most of my life I've been painting, about twenty years. In 2004 I started traveling and also took up writing. And perhaps traveling isn't quite accurate. By traveling I mean living abroad. It began in Mexico, where I lived for about three years. The impact on my paintings was definitely significant. The colors seeped in, as well as the organic nature of the country. It was an important period of growth in my life.
Since Mexico I've lived in the Czech Republic, England, Spain, China and Saudi Arabia. Right now I'm living in the UAE. Each country brings changes to my creative work. I suppose that's why I like it, although I often feel like a gypsy longing for a home.
My background includes a BA in Art from Arizona State University and an MA in Creative & Life Writing from Goldsmiths College in London. I also studied painting at the Art Institute of Chicago.