Hello, and thank you for visiting Branching Tree Studio. Here’s a little background about me and my art:
   I grew up on a small farm in rural west Tennessee. I have been creating art since I was a small child. No matter where life has taken me, art has been a constant in my life. 
  Growing up in the country, I often played outside. One of my favorite things to do was to climb up in the branches of a large oak tree that grew by the pond. I would spend hours sitting up in that tree daydreaming about life, reading,  and drawing pictures. When it came time to name my studio I knew that I wanted a name that would be meaningful and bring to mind good memories thus, Branching Tree Studio was born.
    I joined the Navy right after high school and became a Hospital Corpsman. The military opened my eyes to a much bigger world, and it exposed me to many life changing experiences. I met people from all over the world and gained lifelong friendships. I feel honored to have served and will forever be grateful for the lessons that the military life taught me. 
   After my military service,  I continued working in the medical field and eventually decided it was time to do something different. I took a Geology course out of curiosity and became instantly hooked. I obtained a degree in Oceanography & Geology and went to work in the environmental field. A car accident in 2007 ended my ability to do fieldwork. I was not ready to give up on my love of Geology and Environmental Science so, I took my knowledge and enthusiasm into the classroom. For the next 8.5 years I taught Earth Science to high schoolers. Although I loved teaching and working with “my kids”, I also loved something else, painting and creating art. 
     The time came when I decided that I would resign from teaching. I needed to focus on me and my family. I took a hard look at what I felt was important and at what I wanted most in my life. My art was near the top of that list. I felt lead to work towards a professional art career. I decided that the time had come to take a leap of faith and to live my passion.
      So, here I am today with paint brushes, paints, and/or inks in hand putting the ideas and images that fuel my creative spirit and imagination.  I believe the passion, the energy, and the emotions I feel when painting becomes part of my art. It is my hope that my works brings joy and sparks a creative spirit in others.
     I want my art to help others to express their style, to connect with the artist inside them, and to change the way they view their environment and their world. The motto of my studio is not just to create art, but to create art with purpose. At Branching Tree Studio I strive to create “Art to Inspire”.
Thank you for taking the time to visit my site. If you have questions about any of my pieces please feel free to email me at 1branchingtree@gmail.com. You can also look for Branching Tree Studio on Facebook and send me a message. I look forward to hearing from you!