ABOUT

Artist Statement

I have spent the majority of my life surrounded by forest, wherein I am continually influenced by the visual and tactile experiences this environment offers. Being outside is an integral part of who I am. I get outside through hiking, mountain biking, running, backpacking, hunting and skiing. As much as I am compelled to be outside, I am equally drawn to capturing my experiences in visual art. I combine my personal experience with my studio practice to navigate the complexities of the human-nature relationship. I have come to understand our relationship with the land as symbiotic and stewardship a vital component.

My studio practice explores the complexities of a forest’s cycle. Through researching methods of land management and fire suppression, I aim to reframe societal perspectives on wildfire.

Biography

My studio practice focuses on the human-nature relationship. I am currently based in Bozeman, MT. I am currently working towards my Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art at Montana State University. I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts from Creighton University in May of 2022.

I have been creative for all my life, filling coloring books from start to finish and drawing my favorite cartoon characters. Growing up in unique environments like Scarborough, Maine and Fort Collins, Colorado influenced who I am and what kind of art I am drawn to make. From a young age, I knew I wanted to be an artist and I am continually on the journey of being one.

In 2021, I received a summer undergraduate research fellowship from the Creighton University Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship for my project, Wildfire: Conservation through art and observation. This project fueled my fascination with land management approaches, specifically to forest fires. Since then, I have been researching the history of fire suppression and been focusing the majority of my art practice on creating a response to this problem. My goal is to combine my passion for nature with the arts to change perspectives about conservation issues.

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Education

  • 2022-2025 (expected)
    • Montana State University, Master of Fine Arts (in progress)
  • 2018-2022
    • Creighton University, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Art History Minor

Fellowships/Awards

  • 2021
    • Creighton University Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (CURAS) Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, for Wildfire: Conservation through Art and Observation
  • 2019
    • Creighton University Scheerer Scholars in the Arts Fellowship 2019-2022

Exhibitions

  • 2023
    • Art and Science Exhibit, Helen E. Copeland Gallery, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana
  • 2022
    • Mostly Horses, Waller-Yoblonsky Gallery, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana
    • Art and Science, Montana Science Center and Bozeman Public Library, Bozeman, Montana
    • Benefit and Auction, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, Nebraska
    • Grand Re-Opening, Waller-Yoblonsky Gallery, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana
    • Fire on the Mountain, Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, Lied Art Gallery, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska
  • 2021
    • Wildfire, Star Deli Gallery, Benson, Omaha, Nebraska
    • Undergraduate Juried Exhibition, Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, St. Joseph, Missouri
  • 2020
    • Undergraduate Juried Exhibition, Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, St. Joseph, Missouri
      • (exhibition moved online due to COVID-19)

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