I’m a professional artist, entrepreneur, speaker, author, business consultant, and wildlife conservationist. I have a wonderful and supportive family and life partner and the unexpected ability to use my talents not only to create a business, but to help causes I care about along the way.
Below is some information about my artwork and me. I hope you enjoy my artwork as much as I enjoy making it. I hope you share it with your friends, and if you have any comments or questions, feel free to contact me!
I was recently interviewed by Gina Bullard at WCAX! Check out the video here.
Check out this recent article about me in the Times Argus here!
Take a look at this article in the Seven Days about me here!
And take a moment to check out this recent article in Take Magazine here!
How I Started Drawing
I’m 27 years old and began drawing in 2010 after struggling for two years with an unknown illness. Mostly bedridden, I turned to drawing as a constructive and therapeutic outlet. With severe insomnia, fatigue, a 24/7 migraine, anxiety, vision issues, digestive issues, problems with my adrenal glands, etc., there was very little I could physically or mentally accomplish. It was depressing and frustrating, and what helped keep me sane was the little amount of time I could draw while lying in my bed.
After four years of dabbling with drawing from my bed and couch during my “good” hours, I was finally diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease, Bartonella, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, and two types of pneumonia. I’ve been on treatment since April of 2014, and progress is slow, but significant! There’s still a long haul ahead of me with my treatment, but it’s working and I’m grateful I’m able to do as much as I can, and so much more than I could a couple years ago.
Why Colored Pencil?
In 2010, horribly sick and in chronic, debilitating pain, something compelled me one day to drag myself out of bed, find a No. 2 pencil and a piece of poster board, and drag them back onto my bed with me to start a sketch. When I finished the simple sketch, I thought it would look more interesting in color, but there was no way I had the energy to sit up and paint or clean paint brushes at the end. So paint was out of the question.
Pastels were too messy for drawing in bed, but I had seen a book on colored pencil “painting” that caught my interest. Could colored pencil really be as opaque as paint? How was that possible?
After buying a set of wax-based colored pencils, I took to my sketch and used as many colors as I could to see how the pencils worked. At first, it reminded me of grade school art class, until I added enough layers to make the color more vibrant and opaque. I was shocked at the richness of color that could be achieved with the pencils and the details I could produce.
I was hooked.
I aim to have my art help causes I believe in, and wildlife conservation is a key cause for me, as you might be able to guess! Animal welfare is another.
The ways I support wildlife conservation and animal welfare are by giving a percentage of my proceeds during certain months to organizations, or by drawing specific pieces to bring awareness to conservation campaigns and donating some of the proceeds created from those drawings to the respective campaigns.
Just a few of the organizations I support are:
- The World Wildlife Fund: http://www.worldwildlife.org
- David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation: http://www.davidshepherd.org
- The Wildlife Conservation Society: http://www.wcs.org
- The Wildlife Society: http://wildlife.org
- The Humane Society: http://www.humanesociety.org
- The Ian Somerholder Foundation: http://www.isfoundation.com