I was born and raised just outside of Lancaster, PA. I am a 1990 graduate of Lancaster Mennonite High School and a 1995 graduate of Penn State University where I earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Visual Arts with a concentration in sculpture and a minor in Business. I earned my teaching certification in Art Education in 2006 from Millersville University. In 2015, I earned my Masters of Art in Art Education from Messiah College. I served as both the Middle School and High School Art Teacher in the Millersburg Area School District from 2006 -2014 and as the High School Art Teacher from 2014 to the present. I live in Millersburg with my wife Gina, sons Kyle and Kadin and my daughter Kenna.
Over the last three years, my art has been on display in numerous galleries as well as art shows, including the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art, the State Museum in Harrisburg, Artsfest, and the Mount Gretna Outdoor Art Show.
My aspirations as an artist include creating, exhibiting and selling my ceramic lamps at art shows and galleries and eventually establishing my small business selling these pieces outside of my local community. I fully enjoy teaching art at the high school level, and have found that creating and showing my pieces makes me an even better teacher. I desire to inspire and equip my students with what I personally learn as an artist. My hope is to find a way that these two professions can work well together.