I was born in 1985 and raised in Eugene, Oregon. I grew up climbing trees, playing in the dirt and making things with my hands. I was always encouraged to create by my artistic parents. My obsession with acrylic paint began in high school, thanks to my studies with Eugene - based surrealist painter, Richard Quigley. I made my first mural in high school, when my Mom decided she hated the wallpaper in our kitchen and tore it out. I painted a tropical garden on the wall and fell in love with painting BIG. Ever since, I have been painting murals for private homes, schools, and businesses.
I attended Laguna College of Art and Design in Laguna Beach, California, where I earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration in 2007. After college, I joined the Peace Corps, and lived and worked in a remote village in Madagascar from 2008 - 2010. After painting murals for friends in my village, and in hospitals and schools during Peace Corps, it became clear to me that painting murals with and for people, adds value to the world.
From 2011-2013, I worked on the Lane Arts Council's Teaching Artist Roster in Eugene, OR. I worked in over 10 public schools in Lane County, with students grades K-12, teaching art and making murals.
In the Summer of 2012, I worked as an Intern and later, Assistant, with the Mural Arts Program in Philadelphia, PA. I worked with Muralist Delia King and six inmates on work release on a mural that was a part of the MAP's Restorative Justice program - a program focused on rehabilitation of prisoners through art and community involvement.
I now mostly work with individuals and businesses in Portland, OR. Murals are intrinsically bold, bright and eye-catching - perfect for attracting and retaining customers. Custom-painted means exactly that: I work with you to get it how you want it. Murals can dramatically improve and transform a space for the better - being able to do this for people is at the heart of what makes me love this job!
Thank you for taking the time to check out my work and feel free to drop me a line, I'm always excited to meet new people.
THE SHORT VERSION
I am a Muralist in Portland, Oregon.
My mission is to bring:
to environments, through painting murals.