I am a traditionally trained illustrator. I was born and raised in New England and moved to Virginia with my family at the age of seventeen. I have been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember. After high school I chose to attend Virginia Tech, where I majored in Studio Art and minored in Art History. I earned my BFA spring of 2005.
Though my primary interests lie in drawing, I have worked in everything from pen and ink to marker, painting, sculpture, ceramics, airbrushing, and less frequently the digital realm. My work is inspired by my desire to experiment with animal-human combinations. The tradition of anthropomorphic animals in artwork stretches back as far as art history can record. Taking this premise into my art and building on it has resulted in hybrid artwork, where often the subject is neither fully human nor fully animal. My work strives to capture the intelligence and emotion of the human being and combine it with the power and wild beauty of the animal, striking a whimsical harmony. The feeling behind many of my pieces is playful, be it with line, color, subject, or a combination thereof.
Throughout my years as a student and afterwards, I produced a considerable amount of mascot and flyer art for several registered student organizations at Virginia Tech. I was a participating artist in the town of Blacksburg, Virginia's juried Gobble de Art project, and also had a short comic published in Extinctioners: Tales of the Endangered Annual III in 2006. My work showed in the Herbert Gallery at Bluefield State College in November of 2007, and in the Gallery at MishMish in May of 2008 and April of 2010. I have sold and exhibited my work primarily at conventions since 2001. I lived in southwestern Virginia, not far from Virginia Tech, with my husband and several very spoiled cats until the spring of 2010. I now reside in the Chicagoland suburbs with said husband and cats, making art and keeping house.
The last several years, in particular, have been characterized by a struggle with endometriosis and various related complications. Despite my health issues, I’ve continued to make art and complete commissions, streaming regularly on Tigerdile several times a week. I have continued to grow my business and seek new opportunities, such as branching into coloring books and having my work published in the long-running APA/zine North American Fur. I will endeavor to keep making art as long as I’m able, no matter what the challenges.