I grew up in Waconia, Minnesota and have a long history with the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (MLA), which was recently named the best botanical garden in America by USA Today. I was invited to attend art conferences at the MLA while in high school and after graduating with a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Studies from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, I developed a youth art program at the Arboretum’s Marion Andrus Learning Center. I currently work for the Andersen Horticultural Library and serve as the coordinator for the Flora and Fauna Illustrata project, which recruits artists to depict the plant and animal species found on Arboretum grounds. My artistic goal is to create a visual record of MLA plants. I hope to share my love of the Arboretum through the paintings and drawings I create.