I was born in Colorado and grew up a country kid on the plains of Colorado and Kansas.
As far back as I can remember, I was that kid who was always sketching, sewing, painting
reading or seeking some form of creative outlet. Photography entered my life at the age of
10 when I received my first Nikon SLR and started learning about aperture, shutter speed and
composition. I spent my teenage years learning from the master of exposure, printmaking
and light—Doyle Saddler, a professional photographer who mentored and coached me with
incredible patience. Doyle’s wife Sarah, who was receiving her MFA in painting at the time,
introduced me to the world of fine art and inspired me to attend Fort Hays State University
in Hays, Kansas. While there, I studied studio art and photography and was employed in the
university’s media department as a photographer and darkroom specialist.
Between now and then life happened, I started a family and worked in retail management and
training. During this time I dabbled in photography and art as a hobby, but realized that I needed
my career to exist in a more creative and inspiring environment. After some life changing events,
I decided to return to school and received an Associate of Arts in Graphic Communications Arts
and Design from Metropolitan Community College and a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Arts in Visual
Technologies with a concentration in Graphic Design at the University of Nebraska Omaha.
I currently work as a freelance photographer, and as a graphics/package designer in
the beauty industry.