I was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. I was extremely fortunate to travel frequently to the UK as a child and travel though out North America as well. My parents encouraged my interest in art and always did what they could to enrich my knowledge base. After graduating with a BFA from CCAD in 2000, I moved to San Francisco, where I continued to pursue my own art, which was mostly painting at the time. I was also assisting others with planning art events and gatherings which I continued to do when I returned to Columbus in 2002. I began curating and participating in a lot of group shows revolving around the community at the now defunct, BLD (which is also where I met my husband, fellow artist Mark Van Fleet).