I have been making Art since as long as I can remember. It was an early interest as a child, always encouraged by my family. I was a studio art major at Mercyhurst College, concentrating in painting and drawing. In college I was a research assistant for Professor Daniel Burke. Working closely with my mentor, I assisted him in preparing, painting, and documenting his artwork, and aided in displaying and exhibiting the artwork of my peers. I was encouraged to read and discuss theory and art history, and had the opportunity to spend four years developing ideas and skills for my own work.
I graduated from Mercyhurst College in 2006 and since then have been working towards my goal of being a professional painter/artist. I am currently a member of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Society of Artists Guild, and I look forward to fully participating in Pittsburgh's vibrant Art scene in the not too distant future.
My paintings are created using my own photographs which I edit, enlarge, and transfer onto wood or canvas panels. Often times I am pulling together many photographs taken from different angles to create one still life. I choose to paint in acrylics because of their quick drying time and their functionality with a hard edge painting style. My subject matter comes from numerous sources. Old furniture, musical instruments, animal figurines, piles of paper and everyday clutter. My paintings offer me a creative outlet to record my surroundings, as well as a way for me to remember past experiences. Despite how personal my paintings are, I hope to share a love of color, form, and clean lines with my viewers.
"61st Chautauqua Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art" Fowler-Kellogg Art Center Gallery. Chautauqua, NY
"Spring Paws Art Show" North Hills Art Center. Pittsburgh, PA
"Group Exhibit" Bottleworks Art Center. Johnstown, PA
"94th Annual Spring Show" Erie Art Museum. Erie, PA
"Regional Juried Exhibition" Hoyt Center for the Arts. New Castle, PA
"John Riegert" SPACE Gallery. Pittsburgh, PA
"Associated Artists of Pittsburgh 104th Annual Exhibition" Butler Institute of American Art, Trumbull Branch. Howland Township, OH
"AAP Curated Group Show" Most Wanted Fine Art Gallery at the Waterfront. Homestead, PA
"Regional Juried Exhibition" Hoyt Center For The Arts. New Castle, PA
"90th Annual Spring Show" Erie Art Museum. Erie, PA
"30:2 An Exhibit of 30 Artists from the AAP membership by 2 Curators" Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Pittsburgh, PA
"Mid-Winter Hues Art Exhibition" North Hills Art Center. Pittsburgh, PA
"Three Rivers Arts Festival Juried Visual Art Exhibition" Trust Arts Education Center. Pittsburgh, PA
"39th Hoyt Regional Juried Art Exhibition" Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts. New Castle, PA
"Winter In Frames: Juried Exhibition and Artist Bazaar" Modern Formations Gallery. Lawrenceville, PA.
"16th Annual Regional Juried Art Exhibition" Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art. Ligonier, PA
"Pittsburgh Society of Artists 2011 Annual Exhibition" Fein Art Gallery. Pittsburgh, PA
"Women in Art Exhibition" Harlan Gallery at Seton Hill University. Greensburg, PA
"Three Rivers Arts Festival Juried Visual Art Exhibit" Trust Arts Education Center. Pittsburgh, PA