I grew up on the Southside of Chicago. I lived with my parents, one sister and one brother. I attended an area Catholic high school, where I was inspired by many teachers to pursue art as a hobby. While attending a community college out of high school, I discovered photography. It married my love of art and deep interest in science. My introductory photography teacher was incredibly supportive and allowed me to take several independent studies in order to perfect my craft on my own terms. In 2000, my parents encouraged me to follow my passion and attend Columbia College Chicago to pursue a degree in photography. There, I was incredibly fortunate to work with many talented photographers and artists as instructors and peers. Upon graduation, I was hired to work in the photography studio at Columbia as the assistant manager. I loved teaching the students and continuing to experiment with photography.
In 2002, I married an active duty Marine and we have one son, Nathan, who is now 11 years old. The Marine Corps took us to several locations across the country, including San Diego, California; Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; Indianapolis, Indiana; and currently back in San Diego. Throughout our years traveling I was a stay at home mom and I attended UNC Wilmington to pursue a teaching license. I worked as a special education aid and an art teacher while living in Indianapolis. I volunteered in the darkroom as a monitor and attended classes for the past four years at the Indianapolis Art Center. I was recently awarded "Best of Student Show" open to students and monitors of the Indianapolis Art Center. As an award, I had a solo show of my work displayed at the art center for 6 weeks. While living in San Diego, I hope to continue creating art and pursue an MFA at San Diego State University.