I was born and raised in the American Midwest, in the prairie state of Illinois. Although I was born in Chicago, from a young age I was always hiking through prairies and forests with my amateur photographer, botanist father looking for rare native plants to identify and photograph. Nature has always been one of my greatest inspirations.
Thankfully, I was born with the gift of the ability to draw. From a young age, I've tried to grow that gift into a brave talent that illustrates a lifelong curiosity, love, contemplation of and reaction to this life. There have been many twists and turns along the way.
When I draw, paint or make books, I use pencils, watercolors, walnut ink, neon, metallic and regular acrylic paints. Also, I use stretched and unstretched canvases and watercolor paper with, sometimes images close to life-sized, down to small intimate images of life.