Born and raised in Rochester, MN I'm a Minnesota native through and through. I've been fortunate enough to find opportunities throughout the Rochester art community that allow me to share my work and connect with like-minded people.
I have an AFA from RCTC, and am currently attending MNSU for a BFA. I've been stretching my reach as a local artist into Mankato's art community that often stems directly from my classmates in MNSU's art department.
I'm focused on my social media presence as a young contemporary artist, and see my goals as a digital illustrator aligning with the audience I can accumulate through platforms like Instagram and Tumblr.
I explore additional media through YouTube, where I post time lapse videos of my digital drawings. I create commerce with my audience by providing commissioned artwork. I contribute to the communities of fans of media I love create by making fan artworks.
I use illustration and printmaking to create a fantastical world of narrative and character. My materials (digital, marker, pen) allows for a sense of detail and precision that I use to clearly define figure and space. I'm driven to create both by the desire to bring form to all that inspires and interests me in life and pop culture, as well as creating a connection with the viewer on the basis of those elements being relatable to numerous amounts of people.
When telling stories I have a structure in mind, but I often keep it to myself as I find the process of learning what viewers take away from what they're seeing without context a valuable result of displaying my work. My stories are about experiences people can recognize, experiences instilled with emotion. What lies underneath these experiences are truths about humanity that connect across lifetimes and backgrounds, a core part of how people interact with each other.
My angle in creating is often about subversion. If I'm telling a story that's been told many times before, I take the cliches and flip them in a way that's completely new. When using pop culture elements, the subversion comes from presenting them in an unfamiliar format or situation. As a gay woman I want to shine light on the experiences of people like me in uplifting ways. I subvert the expectations society has of women and gay people in narratives and imagery, bringing the control back to us. The way I do this often involves aesthetically pleasing imagery that might be taken at face value initially, but I use this to capture the attention of a broad audience. I plant the idea of women and gay people being celebrated as they are without a harmful societal lens into people's minds by having them associate the visually appealing imagery with this perspective.