I consider myself to be both an artist and a scholar. As a graduate of the School of the Art
Institute of Chicago, I was trained not only in the technical aspects of creating art but was also geared into a rigorous liberal arts program consisting of classes in the humanities, sciences and history
. This experience made me more than just a well-rounded student and person—it made me a well-informed artist as well.
While at the Art Institute, my field of emphasis was in photography
, ceramics and East Asian Art History
. As a photography student, I have completed over 42 credit hours within the photography department and was trained in both digital and analogue formats. I have a strong knowledge of how to operate and work in both black and white and color darkrooms, shooting with 35mm, medium, and large format cameras, developing film
as well as working with studio lighting and a variety of photography equipment. In addition to printing in the darkroom, I have years of experience printing with ink jet printers as well as the training necessary to teach proper color correction and printing techniques. On the digital end, I am extremely knowledgeable of DSLR cameras and digital post-production and editing
using Adobe Bridge and Photoshop
(CS4-CS6). I also have experience scanning negatives, editing them and printing them digitally. I have been trained in both the fine art and commercial ends of photography as I have experience using my skills as a freelance event and portrait photographer and post-production editor
. In addition to photography, I am experienced with ceramics and seek to combine these two mediums within my own work. I am extremely knowledgeable in all hand-building techniques (pinch, hard/soft slab, coil, etc.) and some casting methods. I also have plenty of experience with mixing glazes and operating and loading electric kilns. Though I choose to mainly work with photography and ceramics, I have spent years training and working within the realm of drawing
, working with mediums from colored pencil, ink, pencil, charcoal, pastel, acrylic, and oil paints. I have worked as a freelance artist since high school and have worked as a mural artist for Glenbard High School District 87 and Val's Sunny Shears Salon. My work has shown in New York, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and across the country and is included in a number of private and public collections.
As an artist, I believe it is important to be exposed to all kinds of art in order to inform your practice and provide more room for growth. In addition to my art practice, I have completed more than 30 credit hours in art history, focusing mainly on East Asian art history (mainly Japan). I have a strong knowledge of Japanese
art from the beginning of the early Jomon Period to contemporary artists like Takashi Murakami. In addition, I have background knowledge of Chinese
art history and the role they played on Japan. I also am studying the Japanese language
and am proficient in basic conversational and written Japanese. The School of the Art Institute has instilled in me a passion for art and the desire to share this passion both through my practice and through teaching others how to excel