My work has always been an awkward balance between emotional expression and conceptual pursuits. I enjoy being a technician when it comes to moving paint around, but technical achievement has never been enough for me. I once had a painting instructor tell me that paintings don't have to have meaning, and I remember thinking, "Then what is the point?" I want my work to communicate on some level with my viewer. I try to convey my thoughts in a way that doesn't leave the viewer bored. I have some ideas I like and keep revisiting, but I also like to keep my work interesting by changing ideas and being a little unpredictable.
Beyond that, I grew up in a ranching family in Northeast Wyoming and always made art. My abilities got me art scholarships and I eventually earned my MFA in Painting from Washington State University, in Pullman, Washington. I bounced around between Wyoming, Minnesota, and Washington state and finally put down roots in the Pacific Northwest when I was offered a tenure track teaching job at Spokane Falls Community College in Spokane, Washington. I have lived and worked in Spokane for sixteen years, but Wyoming will always be home.