Hello there! I am an artist living and working in San Francisco, California. I work in the animation, toy and publishing industry, and enjoy working on art that brings richness and believability to stories. In addition to my work life, I am developing several stories of my own. Please click the resume button for my complete work history and client list.

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When I'm not making art of some kind, I love spending time outside, either walking around my neighborhood, hiking, or plein air painting, using my car as little as possible. In fact, last year I used my car only a few times and mainly walked everywhere I needed to go! At the end of a long hike, coming home to my kitty Maggie and my partner James Baker is the best feeling in the world. 

I grew up an "Army Brat" on military bases all over the US. My father was a career soldier and also taught English at West Point Military Academy, where I was exposed to fantastic history and was influenced by the dedication and discipline of the cadets.  Additionally, I was deeply influenced by Mabel Anderson Koop, my maternal grandmother's lifelong passion and dedication to her art no matter what the life challenges. As a child, seeing the walls of her apartment covered with her huge paintings inspired me more than words can describe.

My sister and I were, and still are, avid readers. My favorite subjects in school were book reports and dioramas, where I got to envision my favorite stories.  In fifth grade, I lived a block away from a movie theater and saw every single movie the place offered, becoming enamored by film making. I played piano and studied with some wonderful pianists, played trumpet in the school band and studied singing (but didn't get very far with that...). I attended the American Academy of Art in downtown Chicago, and joined the historic 'Palette and Chisel' Art League, where I met the most incredible painters who deeply inspired me, and still do to this day.

Sketching the Bayre sculptures in the Louvre. Bayre is one of my very favorite sculptors. 

Sketching the Bayre sculptures in the Louvre. Bayre is one of my very favorite sculptors. 

Sketching the amazing Roman sculptures and architecture in Saintes, France. I really enjoy learning about Greek and Roman history. 

Sketching the amazing Roman sculptures and architecture in Saintes, France. I really enjoy learning about Greek and Roman history.