As a tiny child, I fell in love with drawing before I knew how to write or spell.
From an early age, I had an affinity for narrative, and used to create characters and stories as I drew.
Ever since I can remember, my work has been ethereal and dream-like.
As I create, I feel as though I am telling visual stories about this world and another beyond it.
Whether my subject is a face, a figure, a flower, or a landscape, there is always a sense of poetic realism in my work that speaks to the invisible realm behind what we see with our eyes.
At Northern Kentucky University, I studied Painting, Printmaking, and Philosophy and was an Honors student. I attended school there from 1993-1999 and received my BFA.
My attraction to chiarascuro led me to study intaglio Printmaking at Miami University, where I received my MFA in 2003. I also studied Printmaking abroad at the Joan Miro Foundation in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Always hungry to learn, I continue to study painting and drawing and have taken workshops and classes with artists such as Shane Wolf, Richard Luschek, Marlene Steele, Patrick Devonas and Dorian Iten. My most recent learning experience was studying classical atelier drawing at Barcelona Academy of Art in Spain.
From 2002-2014, I taught a variety of college level art courses at Miami University, Mount Saint Joseph University and Thomas More College. I have also worked with teens to create public art projects with ArtWorks Cincinnati. In 2014, I left my job as a full time professor to further pursue my art career.
My painting has been widely displayed and collected throughout Greater Cincinnati and my printmaking shown across the United States. My work has been collected by many private clients in the Midwest region. I have work on permanent display at the Museum of Spiritual Art in Franklin, Ohio; and my printmaking is part of the works on paper collections at the New Orleans Museum of Art, the University of Dallas, and the Cincinnati Art Museum.
I currently live in Cincinnati, Ohio with my husband, artist Evan Hildebrandt.