I'm originally from St. Louis, but mostly grew up in rural Illinois. I was interested in Art from a very young age, and I began taking Graphic Arts classes in High School at our Area Vocational Center. I continued my path in Art at Western Illinois University before moving to Denver in 2001. I then completed my Art degree at the University of Colorado at Denver in 2005. My focus was in Photography, but I have really always been mostly interested in drawing and painting (I also studied sculpture quite a bit). I was out of school for a few years until I decided to pursue my desire to teach Art, and in 2012 I graduated from the K-12 Art Licensure Program at Metropolitan State University. I'm very happy to be at Vista Peak, a place where I feel comfortable and that I am hoping to call my home for many years.