(Photo by Matthew Takes - www.matthewtakes.com)
Writing in the third person bothers me, so:
I am an artist living in California. I was born in Texas, but left when I was seventeen to be a nomad.
At eighteen, I enrolled in college to study psychology. After two years, I realized that I was more in love with the subject than pursuing an actual career in the field. I moved to New York City and started modeling to make extra money.
In 2011, I was introduced to the world of fine art. I retired from the fashion industry and spent the subsequent two years teaching myself how to draw. It was a seemingly long and arduous journey to garner techniques through trial and error, but every now and then a small epiphany would occur. Each step was a building block for the next. And so it has gone ever since. I am constantly learning and trying to better both myself and my work.
I enjoy applying my major influences together in my art - the systemic urge to understand human behavior and the beauty in expressive nuances.
These pieces are not just my work, they are my life.