I am a native to the Chicagoland area currently living in Oak Park. I received my masters in art therapy and believe in using art to communicate and connect with others. I chose to concentrate my paintings on animals because animals have personality and depth. How we see them defines who we are and what we want. Painting animals allows me to pay attention to the details and meanings of my world and the animals who inhabit it. For many of my animal paintings, I used a multilayered approach with watercolor, adding and removing layers. It's through this process that I see the value and significance of the everyday.