My dad repeatedly tells me: you'll never work a day in your life if you do what you love. Other people jokingly add: it's because they aren't hiring in your field. For me, art was always what I was going to do. I have notebooks filled with creatures I drew to fill the imaginary worlds I built. As a child, I grew up in Australia (later, I was teased because I said the letter Z differently). A tropical jungle populated our backyard and my imagination. I spent my adolescence in South Carolina where cotton fields surrounded our neighborhood. As a young adult, mountains and desert continued to influence the landscape of my mind. All of these places have offered me a variety of colorful experiences socially and geographically. I am excited to be a part of a community of artists where I can share my unique vision.
I graduated summa cum laude from the University of Arizona in the School of Fine Arts. I was accepted into their program for Visual Communications with an emphasis in Illustration and Graphic Design. I recently received a Gold and Judge's Choice Award at the Illustration & Design Awards for my Man Who Ate a Thousand Birds character sculpture. I am currently a free-lance artist and am working on a non-profit community project in Tucson, AZ on pollinators in the Southwest.