I grew up in the small town of Cicero, Indiana on a farm where we grew soybeans, corn, and hay and raised cows, sheep, and chickens. Farm-life may seem to be antithetical to the downtown artist’s studio, but I would not have become a photographer without participating in photography at my local 4H fair. 4H gave me my first assignments and critiques. With the knowledge I gained from 4H, I was accepted by my high school as a yearbook photographer. Yearbook helped me better understand digital photography and all of its editing possibilities.
After I graduated high school, I attended Ball State University in Muncie, IN. It was here that I received my Bachelor of Science degree while studying Theatrical Direction, Photography, and Telecommunications. My four years at this college illuminated my many passions…Writing, Photography, Theatre, and Film to name a few. During my time at Ball State University, I was also afforded the opportunity to study abroad at The City of Westminster College in London, UK. While attending this college, I studied acting, British culture, and fine art. The time abroad exposed me to many different cultures and some of the largest art museums in the world.
After moving back to the US and graduating college, I decided to move out of Indiana. I knew that I loved certain parts of the large metropolis that is London, but I missed the connections of friendly Hoosiers. I chose Portland, Oregon as my new destination due to the large amount of public transportation, sustainable urban planning, green living, and above all the friendly nature of Portlanders. Since moving to Portland, Oregon, I am continually amazed with how much Portlanders support mobility, creativity, and sustainability.