About The Artist

1999, age 6. My family playing Yahtzee together.

Early Years

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.

2011, age 17. My High School art teacher and some of my best friends.

High 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.

2012, age 19. Trip to downtown Chicago.

To Chicago and Back!

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.

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