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While my love for art and creativity has always been a part of me, I did not start pursuing it as more than a hobby until college. Entering into the world of art, I tested the waters in many different fields -- graphic design, illustration, textile design, web design, photography, sculpture, set design, painting, fiber art -- but struggled to find my niche. I loved aspects of them all. After much more research, dabbling, studio time, and travelling, my heart kept pulling me back to painting. I work mostly in acrylics because I love building up layer upon layer with the fast-drying paint. 

My artwork is heavily inspired by nature and the places that I have visited throughout the United States -- some of my favorites being Zion National Park in Utah, up Highway 1 on the central coast of CA, and the beaches and forests of Oregon. These places make me feel small. They make it impossible to not recognize God's power and glory. My faith is very important to me. It defines my everyday life, and it is through Christ where I find my identity. I create to reflect the ultimate Creator. The sole purpose of my paintings is to glorify Christ with the talents and passions that He has given me. 

For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.
Romans 1:20 

I am also drawn to impressionist painters such as Monet and Renoir, as well as the Neo-expressionistic art movement including artists like Cy Twombly and Jackson Pollock. I love abstraction. I love that abstract paintings can have a different meaning to each and every person who looks at it. While my paintings have so much personal meaning to myself, they also have the opportunity to have so much meaning to you, the viewer or the buyer.  

Creativity takes courage. 
Henri Matisse

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