I was recognized at age 15 with my work making the cover of a Georgia Agricultural magazine. That same year I was featured in the Oconee Enterprise as a Rising Star for my pen and ink drawings depicting historical places in Oconee County. I was chosen as a high school sophomore to create a painting of the Eagle Tavern, located in Watkinsville Georgia. A print was made to commemorate the Silver Anniversary of the Fall Festival. I attended the Governor's Honors program in art in 1999. I designed the programs 5k t-shirt, and placed first in the entire race. I graduated with Honors from Oconee County High School as the class of 2000. I also finished my BFA in drawing from The University of Georgia with a 3.6 GPA.