For the last 15 years, my studio has been located in what is now known as the River North Art District (aka RiNo). When I moved here, the location was actually referred to as Upper Larimer: RiNo had only been in existence for a year or slightly more prior, and referred to a budding art community (as opposed to an entire district). I moved here because the space was conducive to creating and displaying my art. It was only after the move that I discovered RiNo. I consider myself fortunate to have been a part of it since then.

During my time here, I have watched the neighborhood grow with artists of all styles converging to create a very unique environment which, as RiNo's tagline indicates, is "Where Art is Made." From new murals to growing First Fridays, I’m privy to watching the neighborhood come into its own.

Last year marked my re-emergence into the RiNo scene, after spending several years privately focusing on my artistic development. During that time, I lost touch with old friends in the neighborhood and missed out on meeting new folks as well. The time seemed right to get out of my studio and be a part of something greater than myself, once again. As luck would have it, RiNo was hosting a networking party for members, so I signed up and attended a recent event.

It was great to meet new people and see what kind of businesses are popping up in the neighborhood. So much growth has occurred within the last few years. In fact, next week begins an outdoor film festival called, "Side Stories" that I'm excited to check out. I am grateful to be part of this community.