material and culture history of the body and landscape, dream yoga, love making
I was born and raised in Kansas City. Alongside my four-year public high school experience, I enrolled at the Center for International Studies (CIS), a supplementary school focusing on foreign languages and global history. There I began studying Japanese language and culture, world religions, and I became interested in hospice, death, and the process of dying. Through CIS I was able to host exchange students from all over the world, and I was able to visit Japan twice. The summer after my senior year of high school I home-stayed throughout Assam, India and I began a daily practice of sitting meditation. While studying painting and East Asian Language and Culture at the University of Kansas, I founded a weekly meditation group before returning to India for the Dalai Lama’s spring lamrim teachings in 2005.
I also participated in spiritual retreats and workshops in Kansas, including a Buddhist refuge with Khamtrul Rinpoche in 2002 and a Dream Yoga retreat with Lama Surya Das in 2004. That year I also became involved with Integral Institute when one of my paintings was used for the cover of their Integral Ecology and Sustainability seminar packet.
In 2013 I got received my MFA in Painting from KU. I currently live and work in Lawrence, Kansas.