Drawing has been a passion of mine since before I can even remember. I still have boxes full of drawings and characters I developed throughout my entire life. Having never taken a real drawing class until high school, much of my talent resides in myself. Upon entering high school and college, many of my teachers and professors have improved upon my skills greatly, making me the artist I am today. I have always enjoyed a realistic quality in artwork, which is what a great deal of my drawings entail. I think there is something incredible about being able to capture a moment in such detail and realism, while still maintaining a sense of one’s self. Over the years, my technique has evolved, but still preserves that original quality. I have recently begun to change my style from extreme burnishing, to loosening up a bit and leaving my pieces slightly less “finished”. So far, I am loving what’s come out of this change and hope to increase my skill level and work on my technique to gain a whole new level of appreciation and style in my pieces. While I do love that sense of reality, I also have dabbled in the more abstracted arts. Vibrant colors and splashes of ink are other qualities I very much enjoy. Many of my pieces have a sense of this through their background, while still preserving the technical, detailed look of my realistic works. Because of this love of color, my favorite medium to use is colored pencil. I love the vibrancy it brings to a piece, yet still allowing for those tight details.
Aside from my career endeavors, there is much more about me. I tend to be on the shy side, but once you get to know me, I am a very fun, open person who has many passions in life. Music is something that has always driven me as well. Whether it be through choir, dance, or just listening in general, I have always been obsessed with music. It gets me through the worst of days and makes the best of days even brighter. There isn’t a single day that goes by that I don’t listen to, and sing along with, music. I also am a huge animal lover. I have 6 rescue pets - 2 dogs, 3 cats, and a chinchilla. I hope to one day start a rescue of my own to help as many animals as possible find their forever homes. I am also a vegetarian and would even go out of my way to swerve for a frog in the road; luckily I still have a clean record of never hitting anything. Much like the Disney Princesses I have always admired, I seem to have a way with animals. I have had countless encounters with wild animals, such as chipmunks, squirrels, and deer to name a few, coming up to me to eat from my hands, pet them, and even let me pick them up. I’ve got the pictures to prove it!
I also have a huge passion for travel. Traveling makes me feel more alive than anything else. It centers me, rebalances me, and gives me a rush nothing else does. Broadening you experiences allows you to grow mentally, emotionally, and culturally. My bucket list is always growing.