Born and raised in Austin, Texas, I grew up with a love of both nature and animals. From an early age I was never without a pencil and paper, recording the daily activities of the world around me. I especially loved to draw portrait after portrait of my dogs and cats, always honing my skills. This need to create eventually led me to pursue an education in art and photography at the University of Texas at Austin. While studying art at UT, I met the love of my life. We bought a house, got married, had some babies and the time began to fly by. Motherhood and a full-time job took up most of my time, but I stayed creative taking casual portraits for family and friends whenever I could. Once the kids were both settled in school, I began to get serious about my career as an artist.