MY SHORT VERSION: I studied in Rome, Italy and Philadelphia, PA at one of the top art schools in the country- Tyler School of Art, Temple University’s coveted art school based in Philadelphia and Rome. Studying in Rome opened my eyes more than I could have ever dreamed. Since my time in Rome in 2004, I have spent many years of my life traveling the globe seeking inspiration for new works of art. I have studied my subjects firsthand throughout Africa, Europe, Asia, and North America. I absolutely believe you cannot begin to understand an animal (or a place) until you have experienced it with your own eyes in THEIR environment. My works of art begin out in the field doing my own research through my own blood, sweat, and tears. Only through these firsthand experiences do I allow myself to work from, as these are truly my interpretations of the world around me. My art creations begin by committing myself to a trip to study an animal in a certain place in the world, therefore leading to inspiration for a new work of art. Animals above and below the ocean have captivated me my entire life, and offering a glimpse into their life through my eyes via my work of art is such an incredible and humbling experience.