I grew up among the small rural towns that line Highway 281 in the Texas hillcountry. Born in Burnet, Texas but raised in the even smaller town of Round Mountain, I spent most of my youth exploring the outdoors and wandering through pastures and ranches that surrounded my families mobile home. Most of my friends were also my family; brothers, sisters and cousins that lived down the road. In many ways I was isolated from culture and the circulation of ideas that comes from living in any community worth its salt. The bubble that Round Mountain provided was not bad, I learned to be independent, to appreciate nature and to value people, overall I loved it. I attended school in Johnson City unitil we moved back to Burnet where I began middle school. After graduating from high school, I moved to San Antonio to attend The University of Texas, where I received my Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts and minored in Art History.