I moved from Minneapolis to Portland in 2003. The decision to come to Portland was not a planned one -- I closed my eyes and picked a spot on a map. For 10 years, I saw myself as a Midwesterner living and working in the Pacific Northwest, but when I started teaching that view began to change. Currently, I am one of the art teachers at Wilson High School, and through teaching, I began to see myself as part of the Portland community.
The Oregon landscape and the city of Portland inspire me. Portland has many green spaces, and the contrast between its architectural and natural components intrigues me. Often when I am drawing on-site, I construct narratives inspired by the place I am capturing in my sketchbook. As I develop this series of vignettes, I think of the possible stories that may unfold in the place that I now call home.