Maine: I was born and raised in Cumberland. Even though I haven’t lived in Maine full-time since college I’m still a “Mainer.”  Growing up in Maine shapes you in a unique way. I credit my days outside in the woods, making forts and hiking, for inspiring my work. I learned at a young age the magic of creating something out of nothing.

Inspiration: I have always felt a powerful calling to be an artist. It was something I felt deep in my soul for as long as I can remember. I think that this early inclination stems from that fact that I was exposed to art a young age. I work out many of my most difficult feelings and experiences through painting.

Medium: I am an oil painter and I am attracted to its mysterious nature, its malleability, and its versatility. It is something that changes moment to moment, and can’t ever really be controlled or harnessed.

Artist Hero: My mother is an artist. She made the idea of me being an artist seem possible. Contemporary artists that I admire include Cecily Brown, Peter Doig, and Angela Dufresne. I also love impressionist and expressionist artists including Van Gogh, Monet, and Kirchner.

Studio: I rent a small studio at the Artist Studios at 196 Main St in Gloucester, Massachusetts. I love working in proximity to other artists, and together we have organized pop-up shows and open studios events.

Where in Maine: Cumberland is my hometown, and to my astonishment remains very similar to the way it was when I was growing up. There is something comforting about that. There are places that I always return to when I come home, such as the trail at Blueberry Hill. I spent my childhood climbing up and over this hill with my mother and sibling.

Fun Fact: I spent years learning Spanish and considered being a Spanish teacher. I lived in Mérida, Spain for a year teaching English, and traveled extensively throughout Argentina and Chile.

Education: I attended the University of Maine in Orono