I have loved art my entire life and I have been painting with oils for ten years. I am fascinated by light and prefer working from life. I think that portraiture of live models offers a unique opportunity to react to a continuously changing present. Of all the places I have traveled and lived, the Rogue Valley of southern Oregon has always resonated most, and I am excited to be back home and currently working out of Talent Studios. Classical training has helped inform my aesthetic but I am striving for a more direct, alla prima style. I believe that visual beauty has immense meaning in and of itself, and I can only hope to contribute some semblance of that back into the world.