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 love 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.
When I was only 18, I met a man that would change my life forever. He convinced me to leave everything comfortable behind and move to Chicago to find better opportunities. 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 faced many trials. I had to buckle down and get a full-time job as an assistant manager at a local restaurant to make a living. This gave me a lot of experience that I am very thankful for and broke me out of my shy, self-centered shell. I am now ready, however, to move on to the next stage of my life and put art back in the forefront.
After 7 long years facing financial difficulties and stress in our relationship, my partner and I decided to go our separate ways. I moved 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.