Hello! I am a visual artist and musician originally from Appalachia. I started making art from a young age, often skipping school to stay home to have time and space to work on my art and music. I later studied painting at Davis and Elkins College under the tutelage of Michael Doig for two years and have since taken professional level art classes at several schools including the Art League in Alexandria, VA. I believe that exploration is an important part of the art-making process and for this reason I have several series of works that are quite different from one another. My paintings strive to have an emotional resonance with the viewer, whether through the narrative, figurative work, or bright colors.
As a musician, I grew up playing clarinet in the my local school music program, then later began playing rock n’ roll as a self taught guitarist. In my teenage years I joined the bluegrass music club at my high-school because I knew that the kids in bluegrass club would often get excused from school for several days to attend gigs and more than anything, I really loved being excused from class to pursue music and art. It wasn't until after being involved in and playing music in this club for a year that I actually fell in love with the genre and let folk music become a huge part of my musical identity. All of my music projects are usually a creative take on the folk music process, where they are anchored in old-time and bluegrass, but often stretch to include jazz, pop, indie-rock, and country.