I have been interested in art since I was in high school. I dabbled with a variety of mediums from charcoal, and watercolor, to pastel, acrylic and even metal. It was in college that I discovered the flexibility and wonderful attributes of oil paint. At one point I contemplated majoring in art, but that is when my professor said, “Don’t major in art, major in life”. Since I received that advice, unconsciously I have led a life full of varied experiences.
I graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in 2005 with a major in Financial Economics and a minor in Studio Art. Because I decided against the art degree, I chose to study painting and photography in Perugia, Italy during a semester abroad in 2004.
After undergrad, I worked in the insurance industry for four years. In 2008, I was downsized from my position in insurance sales. At that point, I decided to go to law school. I earned my J.D. from Marquette University Law School in 2012. My legal career has had ups and downs. For starters, I worked in a beer bar for over a year before I finally got a job practicing law. Recently, I quit my job as lawyer because of a toxic work environment.
It often feels like I have been on one big adventure. I have become accustomed to the fact that anything could happen tomorrow. Throughout everything that has happened in my life, the one constant has been my art. I have used my life experiences as inspiration for my paintings.
My paintings range from personal stories to emotions and visual interests of mine. My goal is to share with the viewer an emotion that I felt. I am fascinated by architecture, windows and matters of the heart. My color choices and brush strokes are used to express how an image, idea or memory makes me feel. I love using oil because of the flexible nature, ability to layer and the vibrancy of the color. To me, it feels like my paintings are a part of me. I have been oil painting for over fifteen years and I am now ready to share my art with others.