From the time I was 4, I was drawing my favorite stuffed animals and cartoons. The outdoors and the stories of my Mom raising raccoons and a red fox when she was young began my love of nature and wildlife. Thanks to constant encouragement from family and friends, excellent instruction at school and fun interactive art jobs along the way, I knew at an early age exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I received my formal art training at the Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, OH and graduated Magna Cum Laude with the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in the Division of Illustration. From a very limited number of graduates, I was selected for an internship with Walt Disney Feature Animation Florida and was subsequently hired as an Assistant Animator and Lead Key Animator. My film credits include: The Lion King (Young Nala), Pocahontas (Misc. Settlers and Indians), Tarzan (Misc. Gorillas), The Legend of Mulan (Ling and Chien Po), Lilo and Stitch (Nani), Beauty and the Beast Special Edition (Beast), and Brother Bear (Tanana and Misc. Bears).
Following a wonderful, productive and inspiring 10-year career as an animator, I moved to Sedona, Arizona to begin my life-long ambition of painting full time. The unspoiled natural beauty and stunning array of geography seen throughout Arizona and the western United States is the seemingly endless inspiration for my work. My progression from illustrator to animator to oil landscape painter all culminated in murals I’ve completed over the last ten years. My murals combine the light and shadow and composition I developed for the oil paintings with the story telling found in my illustrations.
I’m pleased that I am becoming a well-recognized artist with increasing demand for my original artwork and that my oil paintings have been represented by several Sedona galleries. I have established valuable relationships with Sedona medical professionals that have enabled me to design and create whimsical and calming interior spaces for the benefit of patients, staff and physicians alike. In addition, many of my murals are in business offices and public locations which have allowed high visibility throughout Arizona. I am so fortunate to be able to pursue my passions in such a inspiring and beautiful landscape.