I grew up between two continents, with one American parent originally from the New York area, and the other a New Zealander with family ties to Australia.
This bicultural upbringing started just outside Atlanta, Georgia. 'Free-range' could describe my youth with hours and hours spent exploring outdoors. When I was 11 my family swapped 'coasts' relocating to Queensland, Australia. There I would spend the next decade embracing the Aussie lifestyle, metro living, and ocean-based culture. Today, reflecting on this upbringing, I identify as both American & Australian, with Southern roots.
Following an internship in California, a prolonged gap year living and working in New Zealand’s rugged and remote Fiordland National Park, backpacking around Japan, sea kayak guiding in Australia, and work in South East Asia, respectively, I moved across the Pacific yet again to Salt Lake City via a university exchange scholarship.
In Salt Lake I connected with a motley community of adventurous individuals. This provided an outlet to expand on my already keen love for wilderness areas, and continue my education across various outdoor sports and activities. I thrive getting as close as possible to the action, perform comfortably in remote locations and adverse weather, think strategically, lead and perform under pressure, and strive to work as a team towards a unified goal.
In 2018 I graduated with a Bachelor of Advertising & Photojournalism from the Queensland College of Art, ranked the number one creative arts and design school in Australia. I'm currently based between Seattle, Washington & Salt Lake City, Utah.
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