Everything we do in life begins with a single step. As a young child, I knew two things for certain- I love the outdoors and I love to create. My passion for art began in a small Midwest town where I would spend a great deal of time learning to draw from my favorite book: Ed Emberley's Drawing Book of Animals. Drawing was so easy. I could draw animals using simple shapes and it was so much fun. I could use the animals to tell a story; it could take me to places I have never been. I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my life- I wanted to be an artist. That made me happy.
It was not until high school and later college, that art truly held a special meaning. My first art class was in a small town high school. It was there my love for Art grew. For the first time, I made paper. I painted on a canvas. I learned how to mix color. Most importantly, I heard the stories of others like me who found that creating art provided a satisfaction that cannot be expressed with words.