I was born in the small town of Brenham, Texas. I drew constantly all through childhood. Animals were my first models, both real (my menagerie of pets) and fantastic (dragons and such). Despite this obsession with drawing, I did not pursue art as a career until college. During my undergraduate education, I studied drawing, painting, printmaking, and art history. I absorbed these subjects like a sponge, culminating in a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a painting concentration from Baylor University. As an undergraduate, I traveled abroad, lived for five months in Florence, Italy, and took classes in cooking, Italian, and Renaissance art. After graduating in May 2007, I did not stop studying art: I immediately attended an intensive drawing “marathon” at the New York Studio School. I then moved to Baltimore, to see the East Coast and to attend MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art) as a Post-Baccalaureate student. After that, I returned to Texas to earn my Master of Fine Arts from the University of Houston. After spending seven years in the Houston , I moved to Denver.  I am now working in a studio in Lakewood, and I am excited to be a part of the 40 West art community.

EDUCATION
Master of Fine Arts, Painting, University of Houston, TX, 2011
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art), Baltimore, MD, 2008
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Studio Art, with Painting Concentration, Baylor University, Waco, TX, 2007

WORK EXPERIENCE – Owner and artist at Hana’s Studio, Denver, CO, (previously Houston, TX) 2012-Present
SELECTED PROJECTS
“Pizza Supreme”, Mixed media painting on wood and plaster support (5 ft. diameter), for the Collection of Lan Williams, Houston, 2014
Logo for “Lady Killer Brewery”- Designed vinyl sticker and installed and spray-etched the logo onto glass doors of brewery, Houston, 2013
“Buffalo Bill and His Wild West Show”, history-inspired landscape painting, oil on canvas (6 x 10 ft);
“Into the Spirit World”, oil on canvas (6 x 10 ft); and
“The Underground Railroad”, oil on canvas (5 x7 ft), all for the Collection of Mike and Nancy Shoup, Sr., 2007-2010
“Portrait of Jon’s Hands” and “Portrait of a Doctor and his Niece”, (Americana-inspired portraits), both oil on canvas, (1.5 x 2ft) for the Collection of Robin Sawoska, Houston, 2014

TEACHING, COMMUNITY and OTHER EXPERIENCE
Writer and Assistant at Gallery Sonja Roesch, Houston, 2009-2013
Instructor: Fundamentals of Painting, University of Houston, 2011
Teaching Fellow: Life Drawing, University of Houston, 2011
Teaching Fellow: Fundamentals of Drawing, University of Houston, 2009-2010
Instructional Assistant, University of Houston, 2008-2011
Photoshop CS4 Workshop, 2010
Planning Committee for ‘Art. The Spring Show’, Spring Street Studios, 2012-2013
Chair, Installation Committee, “Charity Box Show”, Spring Street Studios, 2012-2013
Studied at Lorenzo De Medici Art Institute, Florence, Italy, 2005

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
“Paintings and Sculptures”, Rudolph Blume Fine Art/Artscan Gallery, Houston, 2015
“What’s in Store”, The UNIT Store, Houston, 2014
“The Fatal Shore”, Solo Exhibition, San Jacinto College, Clear Lake, TX, 2013
“49th Annual Juried Exhibition”, Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA, 2013
“Hot Springs Regional Competition”, Fine Arts Center, Hot Springs, AR, 2013
“In Plain Sight”, McClain Gallery, Houston, 2012
“Belle Époque”, Darke Gallery, Houston, 2011
“MFA Thesis Exhibition”, Blaffer Gallery, Houston, 2011
“Portraits”, Solo Exhibition, UH Project Gallery, Houston, 2011
“Second National Juried Exhibition”, Prince Street Gallery, New York, NY, 2008
“Cut and Run: Post-Bac Exhibition”, MICA, Baltimore, 2007
“Rites of Passage”, Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2007
“Remaking the Goddess”, Solo Exhibition, Baylor University, 2006

SELECTED AWARDS AND HONORS
Finalist, Hunting Art Prize, 2013
Joan Wich Scholarship and Delores Mitchell Scholarship;
Graduate Assistant Teaching Fellowship, University of Houston, 2010
Graduate Assistant Teaching Fellowship, University of Houston 2009