Size: 18"W x 24"H x 1.5"D
Year Created: 2016
Ready to Hang
This painting is of my little girl Auralia. She is my favorite person to paint. It's hard to get her to sit still though! She runs through the house pointing at my paintings going "Da Da, Da Da!", but with this painting she always goes "Aya ya, Aya ya!" which is the closest she can get to saying her own name.
I was born in Seattle and spent most of my life there. My start in art was cartooning and I briefly drew a comic strip for the Cooper Point Journal at The Evergreen State College. I then went into AmeriCorps for a year and finished my education at Washington State University. Later I joined the Coast Guard and used my GI Bill to begin work on my masters at San Diego University. I slowly became less and less involved in art. After suffering major losses involving family members, I began using art as a way to release pain. It worked well and I started painting and kept painting until I became obsessed with it. I knew I needed to hone my skills so I joined an atelier at Gage Academy of Art in Seattle and spent a few years expanding my skill set to allow me to truly express myself. Now I work out of my own studio in back yard in Shoreline, WA. I have an 18 month old little girl and another on the way who will join us in July!