I don't know which came first, my love for theatre or my love of visual art. When I realized I could combine the two, I knew right away that was the goal.
Being a self-taught artist is something I take pride in. I’ve enjoyed the freedom that it has given me to channel my time into the things I’m most passionate about and learn from real work experience and other working professionals. At the age of fourteen I had an internship at Repertory Company Theatre in Dallas, Texas and spent every possible moment in the shops soaking up any advice or opportunity that came my way. By the next year I was one of their lead scenic artists, and I’ve continued scenic painting ever since.
With four years of professional experience, and eleven years including community and volunteer/internship work, I am well practiced in theatrical textures such as wood grain, stone, marble and wallpapers. Some of my favorite paint techniques include aging and distressing, foam carving, and scenic backdrops (including all the build and prep that goes into that). I enjoy an immersive work experience, and I am not one to shy away from long work hours. I also have experience working in prop and costume shops.
In my personal work I enjoy emphasizing the theatrical in everyday life. Deconstructing the way that I see things to the way that I would fabricate them, seeing color in layers and the all important effect of light and shadow to give movement and emotion to the story at hand.
I consider myself so lucky to work in this field and help illustrate the stories being told by so many marvelous writers, directors and designers.