I grew up in a small town in Northeast Ohio. I have an older sister, a step-brother and a step-sister. My parents divorced when I was 8 and split my time between my dad in the suburbs and my mom on her farm.
Growing up on a horse farm taught me hard work and dedication. I loved riding horses, tearing through the fields on ATV's, fishing and being free to run. I miss the wide open fields and smell of dust and animals.
I didn't have many friends growing up; only one really close friend, Erika. I was very shy and only liked talking to adults. I honestly didn't show much interest or skills in art until the end of middle school.
I owe a lot of my skill and passion for art to my High School Art Teacher, Mr. Hoopes. He taught me skills and techniques that shaped me into the artist I am today. I was also inspired by my friends Robin, CJ, Erika and Stephanie, who are also amazing artists. Though these years were the hardest of my life, I am thankful for the person I became through it all.
The school I went to was very up-tight and preppy. I really didn't fall into any "Clique", just stuck to the few friends I had. We all were different in our own ways and didn't really fit in anywhere. I dealt with a lot of depression because of my parents divorce and remarriages, so I am very thankful to my friends for being there at some of my lowest points.
After meeting my Anam Cara, Lonnie Mihin, my life changed forever. He encouraged me to break away from my small hometown and move on to bigger, better things. Though I came from a comfortable middle-class family who would gladly assist me, I wanted to prove to myself and the world I could do it on my own.
After moving to Chicago, we had to face many trials that we overcame together. I had to buckle down and get a full-time job to make a living as an assistant manager at a local restaurant. This gave me a lot of experience that I am very thankful for and broke me out of my shy, self-centered shell. But now I am ready to move on to the next stage of my life and put art back in the forefront.
After facing financial difficulties and stress in our relationship, Lonnie and I decided to go our separate ways. I had to move back home with my parents in Ohio to get back on my feet and start over. I don't know what direction I want to take from here, but I'm facing the future with an open mind and heart.