Since I was a small child, I have always been fascinated by animals and drawing them. Lucky for me, my parents encouraged my creativity, curiosity & learning. I've been so fortunate to be able to grow up in a household with different types of exotic animals and was able to take riding lessons at a local stable from a young age.
In freshman year of high school, my love of research & fascination with animals helped get me a job at a beautiful specialty aquarium shop. While I worked at that shop and was in school, I also worked at a show stable caring for horses and giving riding lessons to children and beginning riders. A few years later, I began focusing more on reptiles & breeding them, and would bring my animals for people to hold and learn about at reptile conventions and shows. The curator at a local wildlife center who knew me from the aquarium shop offered me a job working at the center, where I ended up working with many incredible species of animals and learned about their husbandry, care and became a wildlife educator.
After some time, I ended up moving and had to make the very tough choice to leave the aquarium shop and wildlife center. I then took a new job working at a fantastic small family-owned specialty pet shop where I worked for several wonderful years before moving out of state for a position as a graphic designer for an auction company. After working there for a couple of years, I struggled to find time for the things I was most passionate about and felt adrift working at a place where I didn't feel appreciated. October of 2019 I decided to try an art challenge for fun and started using artwork as a way to stay connected with the reptile community. I started doing artwork on the side, coming home late after work to draw until the early hours of the morning. I got to the point where I was fueling all of my passion into my hobby, which slowly grew larger and larger.
On February 10th, 2020 I finally decided to take the plunge to become a full time artist after much encouragement from my partner Chris, my family and close friends. I continue to breed reptiles and am very grateful to be able to work closely with the pet shop and continue my involvement in the industry I love so much. Now that I am doing art full time, I can pour myself into my work and am excited to say I am now pursuing my lifelong dream.
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