Greetings! I’m a graduate of the Columbus College of Art and Design currently residing in New York City.
I spent my youth poking through the dusty drawers of the numerous antique shops and flea markets in my quaint hometown of Mansfield, Ohio. The treasures I have gathered over the years serve as endless inspiration for my work. When not searching for fantastical junk, I could be found performing on the stage. In the fantastic world of theater I found a new passion, a second family, and a love for costume and scenic design.
My artwork is very much influenced by children’s literature—fairy tales, myths, and folklore. I love the style of the illustrations from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as well as stylistic movements like Art Deco, Art Nouveau, and the Victorian Period. I really appreciate the timeless quality of the work from these eras and prefer to execute my illustrations traditionally to preserve the whimsical quality. I also feel more of an emotional connection to my work by creating in this way. I like to work in watercolor, ink, colored pencil, and paper collage, and I am still continuing to experiment and explore new possibilities. The pages of my sketchbooks are packed with whimsical characters in elaborate costumes and scenes. Anyone who flips through these books will immediately notice that I live by a “more is more” philosophy…a mantra that is becoming less commonplace these days.