"Creating art is one of my first memories. My mom always said a drawing pad and crayons were the only thing that would hold my attention. I strayed from creating art when I was a teen, but rediscovered it in my early 20's and found it to be the therapeutic release I needed and it has been a constant in my life ever since. With more than 20 years experience making art, I've been a full time artist since 2010. I am primarily a self-taught artist outside of high school and a couple of continuing education courses. I credit the variations in styles of my art to my approach of independent learning by doing. I believe this approach will lead to even more self discovery. When I find the wood/objects I salvage, I try to see the beauty in the blemishes, mistakes and years of use and abuse. It all has a story, good or bad. I've always been drawn to layers and layers of paint drips, scrapes, nail holes and repurposed items. Folk art speaks to me in that way as well. Use what's available, just make art. I strive to make art that engages people, and hopefully brings a smile. I feel art is about inclusion, not exclusion. Share it with people, some people get it, some don't, and that's the beautiful thing about art. There's something out there for everyone. Embrace that. "