A working artist and full-time teacher, I am currently a 2-D Art Professor and Chair at Kalamazoo Valley Community College. I studied Drawing and Painting at Alma College where I received my BFA in 2001. Then I refined my painting skills at Kendall College of Art and Design, where I earned my MFA in 2006. 

I have exhibited my work as part of many group exhibitions and I continue to push my personal expectations as my work grows and develops.

I currently live in Grand Rapids, Michigan with my husband, Matt, our daughters, Ava and Elle, and our pug Poncho. Penelope Pug recently passed away. Both the girls and the pugs have subsequently been a source of inspiration in my work.