Tell us a little about yourself:
I am a Chicago based illustrator specializing in ink and watercolor. I graduated cum laude from Denison University in Granville, Ohio with a BFA in studio art and dance. I am intrigued with voyeurism, tactile objects, cuteness and kitsch, midcentury modern, and the impact of society’s fixation upon iconic figures and their use in identity formation. I am also a performer, pianist, and recent grad of the Professional Circus Training Program at The Actors Gymnasium.
What kinds of art do you create?
Most of my work currently is based in ink and watercolor illustration. Quick and washy fashion illustration and detailed line work are my most common styles. I currently freelance for multiple PR Firms and a majority of my work is created in the form of on-site fashion illustration for events. “Floral Hi-Fi” and “Floral Cactus Blossoms,” specifically, are influenced by tattoos and midcentury line work and album covers. I also do a lot of portraiture of people and pets.
How did you get started?
I have been drawing and creating things since I was very little (drawing, sewing, sculpting). I grew up competing in local art competitions and eventually placed in to AP art courses in High School. At Denison University my studio art concentration was in site specific installations and drawing. In a way, my work has always been influenced by fashion, especially fashion design and sketches between 1920-1970. I am also inspired by the works of John Tenniel, Maira Kalman, costumer Edith Head, and Miles White. I also prefer to work small. Often verity lies in details and sometimes these small things matter the most.
In one sentence, briefly describe your artistic style:
Fashion illustration based; quick and slightly whimsical with a dash of John Tenniel-like precision.