Born just south of London, England but raised just north of Dallas, Texas, I have not had a typical path in life -- and this trend does not appear to be in danger of changing anytime soon. Since I was a small child I have had an intense interest in art and aesthetics. When I was twelve I spent a large fraction of my life savings to buy a piece of art pottery during a trip to Santa Fe that I fell in love with (and that I still display in my home). Trips to museums and galleries were a necessary destination during my travels all over the world.
For my undergraduate degree, I attended Vanderbilt University where I triple majored in physics, mathematics, and philosophy. After university, I moved to San Diego, CA to attend UC San Diego for graduate school; graduating with a PhD in astrophysics in 2011. My career as an academic continued with a three year postdoctoral position at Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia. My research led me to the world's largest optical telescopes at observatories at mountaintops in Hawaii and in the remote Atacama desert in Chile. During this time I starred in the IMAX film Hidden Universe.
After three years as an astrophysicist, I decided to make the transition into the technology industry as a Data Scientist, in the heart of the tech industry: Silicon Valley. Moving to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2014, I was awarded an Insight Data Science Fellowship where my final project was estimating the price of Abstract Expressionist artwork being sold at auctions. I have been working as a data scientist at small and large companies in the area ever since.
My wandering path to creating art has taken me many directions from years of glassblowing to my current obsession with computational generative art. I feel incredibly lucky that my work with computing and astrophysics data for over a decade translates into skills that allow me to broadcast the images in my head into visual output in the real world.