I grew up in the Northwoods of Ely, Minnesota which I believe taught me to appreciate the beauty in simplicity and of the natural world. When I traveled to big cities, I found myself in awe of the colossal differences urban places had to offer, most of all in historical architecture. I considered the generations of people who came before me; who they were and what they deemed important to preserve for the future.
Since living in Chicago and, now, returning home to Minneapolis, I've become fascinated with the great collaboration of human existence: through culture, art and the perceptions of others. I often use collages to conceptualize my paintings because I find great satisfaction in recycling the ideas and expressions of others and building upon them to create something entirely new.