My mom was an artist, and her mom was an artist, and that art gene has been passed onto me. I have loved art my whole my whole life, but I started getting serious about art during high school- I had very supportive art teachers. My interest in painting animals, especially birds, happened when I found a lost cockatiel that we ended up adopting a few weeks later. I’ve never felt the same way about birds again. I now have two budgies, and they are a daily inspiration.
I am graduating from Lesley University in May 2020 with a degree in illustration. For the past four years at this university, I have been working on finding my focus and developing my style(s). My style is something that will constantly change and evolve throughout my life, so I am excited to see where that takes me.
Materials and Techniques
I use a variety of materials when creating my art. My most used are ink, acrylic, and gouache.
I use ink to create representational portraits of animals- sometimes I paint more common animals like a cardinal, but I like to occasionally paint animals that some people may not have heard of or seen before, like a blue ringed octopus or an emerald starling.
I use acrylic to create colorful pet portraits, mounted on wooden blocks. These make great gifts and can serve as a memorial for a pet that has passed.
My most intense style is my psychedelic series. These start with a black and white pen drawing, then I add layers and layers of gouache until the entire piece is covered in patterns and colors.