Where I’m fromI was born in Park City, Utah. I went to boarding school in Carbondale — a small mountain town in Colorado — and then went to art school at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Denver. I received my K-12 art education license from Metro State University.Prior to working at Rock Canyon, I was an elementary school teacher at Cherry Creek School District. I then moved to L.A. and worked in the education department of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.I moved back to Colorado in May and I teach ceramics and photography, grades 9-12.My passionMy mom is a professional artist so I learned how to paint and draw at a very young age — we also didn’t have TV growing up so it gave me something to do.In 2006, I was commissioned to do a mural for a Montessori school in Carbondale — it was of a bunch of flowers. I was also commissioned to do two murals for the University of California, Los Angeles while I was living in California.I had an artisan residency in Wyoming, which was very cool. And I studied abroad in Florence, Italy, where I had four shows and sold quite a few of my pieces.I’ve exhibited more than 260 bodies of work and my work has been shown in more than 30 venues throughout the U.S.I think it’s so important for me to practice art in order to teach it to my students.What I love about teachingI love how the students keep everything so honest and real. They really inspire my own art.I take a ton of photographs and I’m always trying to sculpt different things. I ask my students to do the same — I tell them to take photos when they are at home or outside of school for inspiration.Fun fact about meI love trying new things. I play tennis and golf. I love to figure skate and sail. I love to cook — even though I’m not very good at it.
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