I earned my Associates degree in Photography from the Fashion Institute of Technology. After studying fashion photography I worked at small newspaper shooting fires and editing the most wanted photos. A year later I returned to school and received a Bachelors in Art Education from Buffalo State College.
For two years I taught art to students with special needs at the Aspire Center for Learning in Cheektowaga, NY. This was one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life. Though my drive as a maker steered me towards pursuing my Masters of Fine Arts degree at the Visual Studies Workshop in association with the College at Brockport.
During my tenure at VSW my work has focused on the effects of land use in the Western New York area. My photographic series Now Leasing looks at vacant retail spaces, and in Idle Land I turned my lens towards the long-closed parking lots of former industry giants such as Kodak and Bell Aerospace. In other work I explored Brownfields and urban decay. I earned my degree after presenting my thesis Visualizing Vacancy in Buffalo, NY.
I currently teach art for Buffalo Public Schools. I take pride in exposing my students to contemporary artists and giving them license to create relevant art work. I continue to explore land use issues and climate change in a variety of media in my personal work.