I grew up near Grand Avenue in St. Paul and have lived in the Longfellow neighborhood of Minneapolis for the last 20 years. I work in many different mediums but my first love was watercolor painting which I began to study at about age 15. I have studied under watercolorists John Stuart Ingle at the U of M, Morris, Howard Sivertson at the Grand Marais Art Colony and Lisa Fertig at the White Bear Center for the Arts.
In 2011, I became a member of the Avivo ArtWorks Collective and do most of my work in our shared studio space. I find the support of the other artists in the collective, all of whom are living with a mental illness, very helpful. Expressing my emotions and my creativity through art has been a vital part of my recovery; it allows me to connect with others in a way that goes beyond words.