I was born and raised in Thousand Oaks, CA, a suburb outside of Los Angeles, CA. I have been fortunate to have an upbringing where museum visits were frequent and art making was encouraged; both an inspiring prelude to my current art practice.
During my BA at UCLA I received a framework on how to conceptually investigate ideas in painting, and during my MFA at LCAD, I was able to better realize my concepts and fine-tune my handling on the medium itself.
I have studied under acclaimed art faculty including Lari Pittman, Catherine Opie, James Welling, F.Scott Hess, Peter Frank, and have learned to critique my work as having its own internal logic that needs not what I as the artists want to do to it, but instead what the piece itself needs to become a successful statement on its own.
Painting is an important marker in art history and a relevant aspect in a contemporary visual dialogue. It is a language that calls for an internal logic and a fully autonomous experience for a viewer.