I grew up in a bicultural household across two countries. My parents, an American originally from the New York area and a Kiwi (New Zealander) with family ties to Australia shaped this upbringing. That journey started just outside Atlanta, Georgia however. 'Free-range' could describe my youth with entire days spent exploring the outdoors. When I was 11 my family swapped 'coasts' relocating to Queensland, Australia. There I would spend the next decade embracing the Aussie lifestyle and ocean based culture. 'Flip flops' quickly became 'thongs', I picked up the metric system, ocker slang, and learned to appreciate Vegemite the right way (as well as skol a beer, eventually). Today, reflecting on this upbringing, I identify as both American & Australian, with Southern roots.
Despite frequent trips to the U.S. throughout my childhood, I yearned for an extended experience stateside again. 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 a project with UNICEF in South East Asia, I moved across the Pacific yet again to Salt Lake City on an international university exchange to the University of Utah. In 2018 I graduated with a Bachelor of Advertising & Photography from Griffith University's Queensland College of Art. Throughout this time I connected with a motley community of adventurous folks. Those outlets provided a chance to expand on my already keen love for the outdoors, while continuing to develop a repertoire of technical, mental, and interpersonal skills across various sports and activities, providing opportunities to get as close as possible to the action, perform comfortably in remote locations and adverse weather, think strategically, lead and perform under pressure, and work as a team towards a unified goal. I'm currently based between Seattle, Washington & Salt Lake City, Utah.