The first post on a blog feels like a pilot episode of a TV series – all awkward introductions and painting the scene. But it is necessary! So here’s the set-up for where I am and what I want to do with this blog.

I am a 22-year-old native of Cache Valley, Utah. I attended Sky View High School and was named Utah’s Sterling Scholar in Visual Arts in 2010. I attended Utah State University from fall of 2010 to spring of 2014, when I graduated with bachelor’s degrees in art and psychology. I currently spend my weekdays caring for adults with special needs at a day program run by the university. I plan to pursue a graduate degree in art therapy in a couple years, once my boyfriend finishes his own undergraduate studies.

It may sound cliche, but I have been an artist since I could hold a pencil. I drew a lot of animals when I was younger. Once I began art classes in high school, I developed a love for portraits, either photo-realistic or based in linework. At USU, I explored various mediums and thought more critically about content and technique. In 2012, I saw a real breakthrough in my work after spending six weeks in Germany with two USU professors and a dozen of my peers.

One purpose of this blog is to showcase my artwork, new and old, now that I am on my own and not involved in any classes.

The second purpose is to share photos of my outfits every week or so, sometimes accompanied by musings on fashion.

I became more concerned with my appearance in high school, as is common. I felt that quirky, unconventional clothes suited me more – I never liked how I looked in typical t-shirts and jeans. By the time I entered college, my style became an important part of my identity, a way to find beauty in the body I am stuck with (for better or for worse). I still have plenty to learn, but I have found that posting on Lookbook.nu and viewing the outfits of other “real people” has helped me to hone my style in a way that editorials in magazines (while still invaluable) never could.

The third purpose of this blog will be to share things that are going on in my life – places I’ve visited, decorations I’ve made, etc.

My fourth and final purpose is to feature contemporary artists that inspire me, because there are so many artists out there that need way more appreciation.

So here goes nothing, Interwebs.


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