Anaheim, CA

Spring Dance 2007 Oil on Panel.  36 x 36”



Big Dipper. 2008.  Oil on Canvas. 66 x 72”



Constellations, 2008, Oil on Canvas.  30 x 36”



Untitled.  2007,  Oil on Canvas.  36 x 24”

Autobiographical moments of leisurely events in nature are a common theme in my work.   My paintings are about the optimistic, celebratory view I have of nature and also about a longing and desire to access it.  Taking advantage of outdoor activities often requires long distance driving amidst a backdrop of strip malls and concrete.  It is through painting that I wish to examine the idea of the daydream as an antidote. 




2008                M.F.A. candidate, California State University, Long Beach, CA
                                    (expected graduation date: May, 2009)
1999                B.F.A. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Selected Exhibitions

2008                Insights, University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach
2008                CSULB Department of Art Graduate Student Exhibition, Long Beach, CA(juried by faculty)
2006                High Cross Art Studios, Urbana, IL (solo show)
2004-05           Art Hoo-Ha, Urbana, IL
2003-05           Boneyard Arts Festival, Champaign-Urbana, IL
2003                High Cross Art Studios, Urbana, IL (solo show)
2002                Launch Celebration for the Champaign County Arts Council (two-person juried show), Champaign, IL
1999                The Scratch-n-Sniff Show, Grand Rapids, MI
1999                Growing up Post Modern, Illinois State University, Bloomington, IL
(curated by Barry Blinderman, Gallery Director) Exhibiting Artists: Donald Baechler, Mike Cockrill, Francesca Fuchs, Jack Hallberg, George Horner, Larry Mantello, Paula McCarty, Karl Rademacher, James Rielly, Christian Schumann, Kathryn Spence and Thomas Wrede
1999                12th Annual Northern National Art Competition, Nicolet College, Rhinelander, WI
                        (juried by artist Christopher Brown)
1999                ARC Regional VI Exhibition, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL
1999                Illini Union Art Gallery, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL

2008                Beverly G. Alpay Memorial Education Fund for the Visual Arts
1999                Juror’s Award, 12th Annual Northern National Art Competition,
                        Nicolet College, Rhinelander, WI       
                        (Juried by artist Christopher Brown)

Collections     Parkland College, Champaign, IL

Bibliography  GLAMFA MFA Open Studios Catalog 2007, Fine Arts Roundtable
                        The Octopus, October, 2000 (alternative newspaper, Champaign, IL)           

Professional Experience

2008                California State University Long Beach: Graduate Teaching Internship, Foundation Color
2008                Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA:  Studio Assistant,  Painting II and Painting III
2007                Idyllwild Arts Academy (Summer Program), Idyllwild, CA:  Assistant to Gallery Director, Parks Exhibition Center
2007                California State University Long Beach, CA:  Graduate Teaching Internship, Foundation Painting
2005-06           Parkland College, Champaign, IL:  Assistant to Gallery Director
2000                University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Krannert Art Museum: Temporary Administrative Assistant to  Director