Born in Brownsville, Texas, raised in Gainesville, Florida, began studying painting at the University of Florida on an athletic scholarship in the year 2000. In 2001 transferred to Colorado University in Boulder to run on an athletic scholarship and study sculpture. After a year of competing for the university decided to give up the scholarship and focus completely on studying art. Took a year off from school and took classes in welding while working odd jobs before attending the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2003. Interests progressed from painting, to interactive sculpture, then installation. Graduated with a B.F.A in Painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design in June 2007. Currently living and working in Philadelphia with husband Steven Speir.