Art captured my heart at a very young age while watching my grandma, Barbara Garrels, create beautiful oil paintings. I credit her as the most influential person as I aspired to become a professional artist myself. I eventually pursued a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Interior Design, which I received in 2008. I then began working in the interior design field right out of school.
I hadn't put my art skills to work for several years out of college, but after gifting my cousin with a drawing I did of her daughter in 2011, I began to receive other custom requests. From there, I have sold my work at the following events and locations:
- Snake Alley Art Fair
- The Art Center of Burlington
- The Burlington Fine Arts League GALA
- Louisa County Art Show
- Art in the Park during Midwest Old Threshers
- Online at and other online art websites.
Continuing to grow an art following, I found myself yearning to do fine art full-time. There was a sudden accident involving my grandma in 2018 and we had lost her. I found notes of hers that were for an art class she was teaching at the Art Center of Burlington. Many of them inspired me but the quote that grabbed me the most was: "Go for that dream. The experience will make you feel exited, frustrated, discouraged, joyous, hopeful, fulfilled and most importantly, it will feed your soul!"
After being in the interior design field for 14 years I made the leap to a full-time artist in July 2019.
Following in her footsteps, I have taught classes at The Art Center of Burlington, The Airport Road Vineyard and Mt. Pleasant Middle School Art Club. I have been the featured artist at Southeastern Community College’s Art Gallery in 2018, and shown my work at the Mt. Pleasant Art IMPACT.
Art is my way of sharing fond memories of a childhood growing up in the Midwest and the comforting feelings of home. In my Midwest-inspired collection I use individual and combined mediums of watercolor, acrylic, charcoal and chalk. This results in a bold and detailed representation of imagery that hopefully encourages the viewer to recall their own experiences of living in the Midwest.