Kutztown University of Pennsylvania (Fine Art)
I've been passionate about art for as long as I can remember. I went to the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts as a Visual Art major where I received a classical, academic-style training in painting and drawing. I received the Outstanding Visual Artist award upon graduation and was a member of the National Art Honors Society as well as a recipient of a Gold Key at the 2010 Scholastic Art Awards. After high school, I attended a summer course with Alyssa Monks in Brooklyn, NY. I went on to Kutztown University where I completed my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in May 2015 While at KU, I was Co-director of Eckhaus Gallery where we hosted art exhibits, music events, and children's summer camps. I also received a Marguerite Bierman Grant which allowed me to study twice a week with Bethlehem artist Sandra Corpora during my Spring 2015 semester.
After graduation, I was included in the Bethlehem House Contemporary Gallery Spring show and was Artist-in-residence at Hawk Mountain for three months. I illustrated a children's book during my residency and will be teaching a drawing workshop for high school age and older this coming July. I am primarily a figurative and portrait painter, but I also do a lot of ink drawings and graphite sketches.
I have had 8 years of formal art training and am very experienced in proportions and perspective, especially with the human figure. I have done over 60 pet portraits in the last year and have an upcoming show of pet portraits at The Kemmerer Museum in Bethlehem this July. I have had my work on display in various galleries constantly since graduating from college.
I truly love encouraging young artists and hope I can share the tools and tricks I've learned from all the amazing teachers I've had over the years. I am so passionate about art making and cannot imagine a life without it. I am easygoing and hope to help budding artists follow their creative drive while also sharing the foundations of art history and classical drawing techniques. I've been passionate about art for as long as I can remember. I went to the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts as a Visual Art major where I received a classical, academic-style training in painting and drawing. I received the Outstanding Visual Artist award upon graduation and was a member of the National Art Honors Society as well as
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I have 8 years of formal art training with a classical, academic-style foundation. I am proficient in perspective and proportion techniques and I have completed over 60 portrait commissions in the last year. I graduated with a 3.9 from Kutztown University where I received my BFA in Painting.
I have been using oil paints since January 2009 and have studied under two painting mentors specializing in figurative realism, Alyssa Monks and Sandra Corpora. I received my BFA from Kutztown University in May 2015 and concentrated in Painting. I have done over 60 portrait commissions in the last year.