I started taking an interest in art at a very young age. Growing up, I had a family full of artists, mainly my mother and aunt, who were both art teachers, and who influenced me a great deal and introduced me to all sorts of artistic projects and types of art-making. I always had a passion and gift for art. However, it wasn’t until after I graduated from my undergraduate school that I finally had the chance to apply my talent in art school where I took formal training and practiced and refined my skills as an artist. After a series of graduate-level studio courses, I finally decided to make a career out of art and get my post-baccalaureate teacher certification in visual arts education and become an art teacher.
I was trained in drawing. However, I recently began painting and doing portraits of people, animals, landscapes and still-life’s (most lately I have been working on paintings of friends’ pets!). I enjoy color theory, as well, and learning and experimenting with mixing colors – a real passion I never knew I had. I think mainly, the reason I love to draw and paint from life, is the ultimate objective of a human figure artist to capture the most realistic representation of the actual subject itself.
I am from Ann Arbor, Michigan, and I currently live and work in Ann Arbor as an art teacher. I went to undergraduate school at Miami University (of Ohio) in Oxford, Ohio and then went to art school in San Francisco, California at the Academy of Art University. I ended up moving back to Michigan and going to Eastern Michigan University in the College of Education where I got my Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification in Visual Arts Education.
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