Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
Ever since I was able to pick up a crayon, I could not help but create as much as possible. Being an artist was a goal of mine from a very young age. From elementary to high school, I studied in numerous art courses and spent my free time drawing and painting. I studied AP Fine Art & Design during high school, where I placed 2nd place during a juried art gallery. After high school, I continued to create during most of my spare time and participate in various events.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Most of my life, I have been struggling with anxiety, depression and the painful disorder called endometriosis. I did not grow up in the most stable home but art has been such a great outlet for me and creating has been so therapeutic. Even during my most painful days, I am thankful that I can draw and paint. Art has been a great tool and joy for me to independently release any stress that I am experiencing.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
Since my first solo art show in 2016, I have really enjoyed sharing my work with others in more public settings and contributing to my community. My artistic career has ranged from paintings, murals, illustrations, media design, photography and more. While I like to explore multiple artistic mediums, I tend to focus on acrylic, watercolor and digital paintings. Normally, I start with an idea and then sketch directly onto the canvas with my paint. Then the painting really starts to evolve with each layer. I am heavily inspired by film, animals, nature, tattoos, the universe and the beauty of people. My work has been described as dreamy and having a realistic approach with a high use of contrast and color. I am most proud to say that I have participated in over 30 events and have created several murals.
From filmmakers to hairstylists, makeup artists, dancers, musicians and culinary artists, I am surrounded by so many inspirational people. I adore how art allows us to connect with one another in our own individual way. Portions of my artwork have been donated to numerous charities and fundraisers. My goal is to continue to create and help give back to those inspirational communities and causes in the best way that I can. Charities that have been included are: The International Elephant Foundation, The Treatment Advocacy Center for Mental Health, The Endometriosis Foundation of America, The Aquarium of the Pacific, The World Wildlife Fund, The L.A. Food Bank, The O.C. Food Bank, Amuse 4 Autism and a local beehive rescue and habitat preservation fund.
What was your favorite childhood memory?
My favorite childhood memory was my father surprising my sister and I to go to Disneyland. I remember the feeling of all of my worries fading away while watching all of the creative detail and talent go into a place. So many different art forms in one place was so inspirational to me.
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