I was fortunate to grow up experiencing many lands and cultures as an Air Force brat. Those travels have always influenced the way I see the world. Although art has always been a part of my life, living in the Bahamas for many years not only woke up my spirit but flipped a switch on for my love of vibrant color and how nature feeds my whole being and my art. Although proficient in many mediums, the last two years have seen my work transition from tradional painting to more collage and mixed media work. There is an intimacy to tearing out paper and watching a portrait or scene come to life as I build up layers. I feel closer to what I am trying to convey than ever before.