My life as an artist began when I was in the 4th grade. I drew a picture in my art class and I was hooked! For Christmas that year I asked for an art set and I have been drawing ever since. In the 5th grade I created a painting of the North Carolina State Bird, the Cardinal, and it was exhibited at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC in a juried student group art show. I was the only 5th grader to have been chosen to display artwork in that particular show therefore, I was the youngest artist in that show. In 2004, I painted my very first painting since my elementary school days and I won an Award of Excellence in the Duke University Employee Juried Art show for the painting entitled, “A Woman’s Heart”. I was also recognized as a first time entrant into the art show and was celebrated for having won an Award of Excellence on my very first time entering the show. That same year I won a First Place Award in the reDiscovered Art show sponsored by the Scrap Exchange and the Durham Art Guild for a Collage entitled, “ABEO- Her Birth Brings Happiness”. The reDiscovered Art Show was a project which required that all of the artwork entered into the show be created using recycled materials only. I have won multiple art awards and I have had my artwork on exhibit at Duke University in the Bryan Center, at Duke University Hospital, Mark Jacobson Toyota Art Gallery, The Durham NC Center Fest Arts Festival, The Art Museum at North Carolina Central University, and The North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC.