Hello and thank you for your interest! Here is a bit about me...
I grew up in Sturgis, Michigan surrounded by nature, and now live in Grand Rapids after studying illustration at Grand Valley State University. It wasn't until I starting creating paintings in nature, along the shoreline that I could be fully passionate about my work. The natural beauty of Lake Michigan and life within it's dunes evoked inspiration within me and is now my main subject.
My work is a reflection of my spiritual journey through life. Through my paintings, I capture the divine spirit, life and energy force that is within all forms and connects us all. With my work I hope to bring attention to the beauty in nature and its importance in our world.
I often listen to music while creating my work and its influence can be visually seen in my pieces through their movement. My paintings feel as if they are dancing and come to life with the patterns and rhythms I create with my strokes. Like a metaphor for life, each piece I create has a natural flow to it, and all of the strokes connect and influence each other.
The title for each piece are often affirmations that are usually influenced by situations in my life at the time of creating the piece. Their titles often mimic the visualization and animation of the piece, bringing it to life and creating deeper meaning.
My work strives to bring attention to the importance of nature and the life that exists outside of our human world. I hope to positively influence others by bringing beauty, light, love, and inspiration to lives through my work, which is a reflection of my human experience.
To view my work in person please make an appointment with me directly or visit the galleries.
I currently teach 2D Design at Grand Valley State University as an adjunct professor.
Feel free to contact me with an questions about my work and commission possibilities.
Best Artist Under 30 - The 7th Annual Plein Air Salon - December/January Awards - The Plein Air Magazine
Honorable Mention - West Michigan Art Competition - Lowell Arts!
Best in Show - Traverse City's Outdoor Art Fair - Crooked Tree Arts
James Boyce Family Award - Waterfront Invitation Art Fair - Saugatuck Douglas Art Club
Best Customer Service - UICA Holiday Arts Fair
Mayor's Award - Waterfront invitational Art Fair -Saugatuck Douglas Art Club
Best in Show Award - Art on the Riverfront Fine Arts Show - Gallery Uptown
Poster Contest Award - Art on the Riverfront Fine Arts Show - Gallery Uptown
Merit Award - The Magazine of Contemporary Illustration
Honorable Mention - Ad Campaign - Associated Collegiate Press Advertising Awards
1st, 2nd and 3rd place -Single Ad Award - Michigan Press Association
Plein Air Magazine - 2018
The American Scholar - 2018
Southwestern Art Magazine - 2018
The Magazine for Contemporary Illustration- 2012