Artist, Designer and Photographer
My journey started in Buffalo, New York where I spent most of my youth drawing and painting. My passion for visual expression led me to enroll at the University of New York at Buffalo, where I pursued a Bachelor of Fine Arts. During my studies, I explored various disciplines including painting and photography. In my junior year, I participated in an exchange program at the University of Kent at Canterbury where I studied philosophy and started taking Muay Thai classes.
While I was in high school, I developed a love for travel and I took my first trip to Europe with a group of students. I was able to see Renaissance art first hand, take photographs and experience different cultures. Since then, I have driven across the United States twice, traveled to over 50 countries and lived overseas three times.
In 2002, I moved to Brooklyn, New York to pursue a Master of Fine Arts at Pratt Institute. Shortly after my classes began, I changed from painting to sculpture and started to create a new body of artwork.
After receiving my MFA, I continued my studio practice and I also began a career in graphic design. Both avenues developed over the following years and by 2008, I had my first solo show in Brooklyn and I moved up to the level of Senior Designer.
In 2009, I landed a job as an Art Director at an agency in Wellington, New Zealand. Following hours of visa paperwork, tests and pairing down my belongings, I was designing new visual identities and taking Muay Thai classes once again. After two years of seemingly permanent sideways rain, I moved to France with all my belongings in two suitcases and a camera bag. I started in Nice and then moved to Paris, where I did freelance design work, taught English and spent hours walking the streets taking photos.
Since getting a Carte de Résident was unlikely, I moved back to Brooklyn in 2012. I quickly picked up where I left off and joined an in-house creative group. While doing graphic design, I also led a small team, spearheaded tech-based initiatives such as adopting 3D software and using NFC technology at events, and took photographs for the brand library.