I studied studio art and art education at Hampshire College and, since graduating in 2015 I’ve spent my time teaching children and creating art in various forms. I became interested in stained glass after finding my father’s old glass and tools in the garage during the pandemic. When I was younger, I had watched him cut glass, and he had shown me how to hold it without cutting myself. I thought it would be fun to try it out and taught myself how to make small sun catchers to hang in windows. As my nostalgic experiment grew into a passion, I began creating full stained glass windows and working at Aanraku Glass Studios in San Mateo. In 2021 I was the recipient of Made on the Coast’s Emerging Artist Grant which further pushed me towards continuing my art career.
Nature has been a continuous theme in my everyday life and continues to come forth in my artwork. I have spent my whole life exploring the coastal beaches and forests along the peninsula and the inspiration I find here is present in many of my pieces. Often on my hikes and bike rides I will stop and take pictures of the plants, animals and landscape to incorporate into my artwork later. As I gain more knowledge and skills as a stained glass artist, I hope to incorporate my other artistic skills such as drawing and painting into my glass work.