The quote "always torn between roots and wings" has remained a constant inspiration for my work. In 2006, during my junior year of college, I had an incredible opportunity to study abroad in Barcelona, Spain. During those inspirational months, I traveled around Spain and throughout Europe. I particularly fell in love with being outside my comfort zone, losing myself in strange places and diving head first into new experiences. I returned with a newfound passion for travel, exploration and other cultures. These passions have ultimately influenced my work. However, as much as I love an adventure, I love being home too, and I try to capture both of these feelings in my artwork.