I am a veterinary medical student using art as a creative outlet to branch out of the rigid scientific headspace I'm required to work in most of the day. Art has always been a study of life just as much as medicine has for me. I've always wanted to be a veterinarian and I've always drawn art- I've been like that for as long as I can remember! I hope that my paintings start conversations about the tension between the vibrant beauty of life and the reality of the brokenness and darkness all around us. We all live in that tension and have to reconcile it somehow. For me, that's where Jesus meets me. He is constant and steadfast in His message of love and living- truly living- a life of love that celebrates gives thanks, is joyful and peaceful and good. But He lets me struggle and fight and fail. He lets me sit in that tension, face the reality of all the brokenness. He is right there with me, making certain that I come out, having grown and matured, and then live life a little brighter. I hope my paintings help people to be honest about the tough things in life while still seeing the good things in life.