I was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, U.S.A., and I proudly call it home! My first memories of creating art originate at around 5 years old. I was fortunate enough to have a wonderful art teacher, Debby Phillips at Bright School, along with several very inspirational and motivational art and visual design teachers such as Debbie Glascock and Andrew Smith at Girls Preparatory School. I also trained privately from elementary school into college. Art is truly my passion in life and I currently travel the world extensively to develop further in my favorite genres of art, especially to grow my career in tattooing. I learned to tattoo from several different artists, and I have a thirst for knowledge that sends me all over the globe. I’ve been tattooing full time for 12 years, and I am still extremely dedicated to this passion that I am honored to call my career.
I love tattooing in styles similar to the ones I use in creating visual art. I love bright, bold bursts of color, and utilizing thick, bold lines along with fine lines and detail in the same piece of work. I love using fine lines and pointillism to create shading and detail in black work tattoos, much like my pen drawings. Watching phenomenal international tattoo workers boosted my confidence to try bold and daring colors and new styles of both creating on paper and on skin! The areas in which I always showed interest became areas that I wanted to perfect as a tattooer, all with the help of very positive and supportive artists. As my passion for tattooing developed, I also learned from my mentors that one of the keys to a successful career as a tattooer is never letting confidence overshadow humility. Life’s too short to be an asshole!
After my father passed away in 2011, I hit a jolting creative block that kept me from painting and drawing, and I was barely tattooing. After this went on for a few months I decided that something had to give. I needed to pick myself and create again, and I needed inspiration to do it. My father had traveled Europe extensively as an Army officer throughout his military career, and I knew that it was my turn to explore. In 2012 I saved money for months, and I finally bought a one way ticket to Berlin, and a one way ticket home from London for 6 weeks later. For 6 weeks I roamed entirely solo, with no plan at all. I saw, I sketched, I observed, I laughed, I sobbed, and I became stronger. And there my passion for traveling was born.
The next year I decided to spend a month. One month turned to 5 months (sorry Mom!) because I was given the opportunities to study with some of the most talented and kindest artists in Europe. Now it’s annually! I never stay longer than one month these days, but I travel annually, regardless.