How I Started Doing What I Do
Born in Naples, Florida in 1987, I relocated back to the Gulf Coast in 2018 to live and work in Naples with my husband, the sculptor Brett F. Harvey. I began my education at Northwestern University, initially studying history and political theory, and became an art major after enrolling in a painting class as an elective. During my time at Northwestern, the art department shifted from a skill-based to a highly conceptual curriculum, and I began attending life model sessions at the Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts in downtown Chicago to further develop my draftsmanship.
After graduating from Northwestern, I enrolled at the New York Academy of Art to obtain my Masters of Fine Arts degree. A longtime family friend and mentor, Sam Knecht, had recommended the program and its focus on the human figure. At the Academy, I studied under notable artists such as Steven Assael, Lisa Bartolozzi, Noah Buchanan, Harvey Citron, Edward Schmidt, and Dan Thompson. I was introduced to the medium of silverpoint towards the end of my second year and have been primarily utilizing it since.
An informal, albeit integral, component of my art education was the couple years I spent working as a security officer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan. Countless hours spent amongst one of the world's most encyclopedic and beloved art collections trickled into my own studio practice, manifesting itself in subtle influences and inspirations.
I lived and worked in Queens, New York for seven years following graduate school. In 2018, my husband and I co-founded H&R Studio in Naples, where we both produce artwork and teach classes. In addition to running our own small business, I draw, exhibit, write, curate, and instruct across the United States. The espresso I'm holding in the photo helps tremendously.