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ARTIST STATEMENT

My interest in creating nature themed artwork is founded on my love of nature and the desire to create works that exude beauty and wonder. I use materials that reflect the elements of our inspiring environment including seedpods, pressed flowers and encaustic.

I consider each piece of artwork that I create to be a microenvironment. A place where my imagination gives way to fantastical landscapes which present the illusion of having grown all on their own. I strive to invent work that offers the viewer a sense of whimsy, while simultaneously invoking a feeling of peculiarity.

Our beautiful planet provides me with continuous inspiration as well as the source for much of my medium. I am deeply concerned about our environment and my art is an outlet for me to call attention to the power and splendor of nature.

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RESUME

EDUCATION:
University of Colorado at Denver, Denver, CO|  Bachelor of Fine Arts in Multimedia, 2002-2004
Colorado Mountain College, Glenwood Springs, CO|  Associates of Applied Science in Graphic Design, 1999-2001
Metropolitan State College of Denver, Denver, CO|  Fine Arts, 1998-1999

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS:
2015
Earth Matters, ArtsBrooksfield, Republic Plaza, Denver, CO - June 24 - August 19, 2015
Refuge - Solo Exhibition, NEXT Gallery, Denver, CO- July 17 - August 2, 2015
Preserved - Solo Exhibition, NEXT Gallery, Denver, CO - January 30 -February 15, 2015

2014
Thriller, NEXT Gallery, Denver, CO June 13-29, 2014
ArtStir Denver, Denver Pavilions, Denver, CO May 24-25, 2014
CLOSER - Solo Exhibition, Kanon Collective, Denver, CO May 1 - June 1, 2014

2013
Varieties: Contemporary Botanical Art, Juror and Curator, Kanon Collective
Denver County Fair, Blue Ribbon Winner, Mixed Media, Denver, CO
Art by Craft, Metro Center for Visual Art, Denver, CO
Mountain Living Studio, Permanent Collection, Manitou Springs, CO

2012
Reformations, Solo Show, Kanon Collective, Denver, CO
Wax: An Encaustic Invitational, Zip37 Gallery, Denver, CO

2011
Bibelot, Kanon Collective, Denver, CO, Jurors: Kym Bloom and Michael Vacchiano

2010
Art by Craft, Denver, CO

2008
Birds of a Feather, Oriental Theater, Denver, CO

2007
Square 101 Gallery: Ugly As Beautiful, Denver, CO

2006
Chaos Gallery, Jewelry Launch Exhibition for Winter Garden Studios, Denver, CO

2005
Core New Art Space, WOW Show, Juried by members, Denver, CO
Revo Collective Art Space, Collaborative exhibition, Denver, CO

2004
Solo Installation Show, UCD Teaching Gallery
Westword’s Artopia, Serengeti Nightclub, Denver, CO

2003
Best of Show in Painting and Drawing, CU Denver Student, Juried Exhibition, Juror: Ron Judish
Core New Art Space Spirituality Show, Juror: Sue Cannon

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
NEXT Gallery, Denver, CO|  Member Artist|  December 2014 - Present
Kanon Collective, Denver, CO|  Member Artist|  December 2011 - July 2014
Winter Garden Studios|  Jewelry Designer / Owner|  2004 - Present
Freelance Design|  2000-Present
National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO | Graphic Design Contractor August-October 2009
Baxa Corporation, Englewood, CO|  Graphic Designer Feb. 2008- Sept. 2008
PRIDE Marketing, Greenwood Village, CO|  User Interface Designer Nov. 2006-Feb. 2008
Echter's Greenhouse, Arvada, CO|  Graphic Designer, 2005-2007
City of Greenwood Village, Greenwood Village, CO|  Curtis Arts & Humanities Center, Cultural Arts Assistant, 2006