I was born and raised in the Kempton Valley of rural Pennsylvania, art and the environment have been strong constants throughout my life.
In 2004, I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in Alfred, New York, where I studied metal sculpture, photography, and lighting design.
During the time since my undergraduate work I have taken steps to give myself as diverse an educational and artistic experience as possible. This includes traveling to Ghana and training with master craftsmen to learn traditional metal and glass casting techniques. In my own art and work experiences I have studied several mediums including metal, ceramics, printmaking, photography, and graphic design.
In 2010 I earned a Teaching Certification for K-12 art from Arcadia University in Glenside, PA. One of my main objectives is constantly gathering new information and perspectives that I can share with students in the classroom, making their learning experiences more unique, valuable, and engaging.