I was born in 1968, and grew up in Wilmington, Delaware in the United States. My mother enjoyed making art, and my father was a chef, so the visual and culinary arts were influential from an early age. I like the idea that my life experience is filtered through my art, and I think of the creative process as a way to make sense of who I am and my place in the world. My current work uses found and collected objects to make still-life and portrait photographs. I also enjoy alternative photographic processes and restoring and preserving vintage photographs and negatives. Prior to relocating to Las Vegas, Nevada in 2016, I taught photography at the Delaware College of Art and Design in my home town of Wilmington, Delaware. I hold a BFA in photography from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and an AFA in photography from the Delaware College of Art and Design in Wilmington, Delaware.