My passion for the arts began at the ripe old age of 2, when I began occupying myself for hours creating complex architectural structures out of color-coordinated building blocks. Competing passions for acting, dancing and singing manifested themselves slightly later in life at the age of 4 though my brilliant living room portrayals of Jennifer Beals in Flashdance, with whom I was obsessed. Ultimately, visual art won the battle and I attended Baltimore School for the Arts where I studied drawing, painting, photography and sculpture. In 2002, I graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of MD, College Park with a degree in Fine Art (after a brief, rather pathetic stint in pre-med). After honing my graphic design skills at Parsons in NY, I worked as an Art Director for some of the top ad agencies in Manhattan, including Saatchi & Saatchi and Grey Advertising. I also volunteered for various non-profits including the Women’s Expressive Theater and HearMe. In 2007, I decided I’d had enough of New York, and bought a one-way ticket to Australia where I backpacked around for 10 months exploring my love for photography and adventure. I returned home completely broke and moved to LA where I currently reside and work as the Creative Director for UBM Fashion. I am proud to say I am now only marginally broke.