Esther was born in Newport News, Virginia in 1975. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, however is self-taught in watercolor. A cancer diagnosis following the birth of her fourth child played a pivotal role in reviving her passion for art and continues to influence her drive to excel. Esther admires artists whose work captures emotion and atmosphere, including Andrew Wyeth, Archibald Motley and Edward Hopper.
Esther prefers to start an artwork with a clean desk, an audiobook playing and a hot cup of coffee, but with 4 kids she will take what she can get.