For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to work with animals. The job varied through the years, but the end goal was always something that involved animals. Currently a wildlife and pet portrait artist, I live in Colorado with my incredible partner and two beloved dogs. We are so lucky to have two rescue dogs - an Italian greyhound and a pit bull mix. Like many of you, I have experienced the heartbreak that comes with losing a cherished "heart dog," as well as the joy and laughter that accompanies everyday life with silly four-legged family members. These dogs are my world.
Most of my career has been spent working as a park ranger and environmental educator. Nature has always been my sanctuary -- a place where I can relax, explore, and learn. My personal struggle battling life-threatening systemic lupus forced me to explore new careers that could accommodate my illness. In this process, I decided to learn how to capture the things that bring me back to the outdoors over and over again. My pieces are a labor of love - I create artwork now not because it is easier, but because I never stopped being passionate about science and the environment.
If you know me, you know that I enjoy spending my time birding, studying bird songs, learning about nature, teaching others, and cuddling with my dogs. I am very passionate about lupus research and empowering others living with disabilities — in fact, I co-lead a group for creative entrepreneurs dealing with chronic illnesses (want information? Contact me!). I am hopeful that my natural history illustration may inspire others to find value in their own open spaces and parks. Your support means so much to me as I try to carve a place for myself in this world.