Video games, comics, cartoons, illustration, thick lines, and design.
Many people know me as the super nerdy girl in the corner ‘geeking-out' about some video game or the newest anime. In my own way, I took away the stereotypical 'nerd' and made it my greatest strength. I come from a family of artists, musicians and designers.
My passion for design and illustration started when I painted my mother’s beautiful white carpet green as an infant. From then on everyone knew I was going to be in some sort of creative field. Throughout my public school career, I continued to take as many art classes as possible. It got so hectic; I was taking double art classes by my senior year in high school. I originally started as a watercolourist, but then one year in high school a new digital art teacher, Ms. Van Buren, showed me how to use photoshop and illustrator.
I was born in Ventura, California, but my mother moved us to San Diego when my sister was born. We lived in the more questionable parts of town that, back in the 90’s (Chula Vista, National City, North Park & City Heights). The street art there was the most fascinating I had ever seen and the most inspirational to me. I never knew my father growing up, but my mother raised me on her own which meant she worked long hours, so a lot of my passion for the arts and creativity stemmed from boredom and me trying to hide the ugly truth of the world from myself. I left California at the age of 17 to pursue by BA in Graphic Design at The Art Institute of Phoenix, Arizona. While in Phoenix, I earned a national award, 3 local awards, and was lucky enough to have worked for a handful of top Advertising Agencies in the valley.
Art & design is the only constant in my life that keeps me moving forward.