Born and raised in Southern California, I received my BFA in Illustration and Entertainment Art at California State University of Fullerton. Drawing with my Mom's permanent markers and Post-its is the earliest memory I have as a kid. I remember winning my first art contest in 1st grade, depicting my version of how to save the Earth. That child environmentalist and naturalist enthusiast continues to inspire my art today.
For the last decade, my art has taken me through the film/visual effects world, producing red carpet events and showing in fine art galleries, while emphasizing on various special illustration projects and creating art for important causes.
Being a Caricature/Portrait Artist at Disneyland for six years made me look at my subjects with a different lens, capturing the essence and character within the thousands of people I met. This didn't stop me from noticing the wacky personalities in animals too, and even food such as sushi!
Simultaneously, I worked as an Educator at the Los Angeles Zoo where I brought awareness of conservational efforts to visitors of all ages. In the classroom, I helped children communicate their passion for animals through their own art expression.
Currently, I am living the life as a dog walker/trainer in Dog Friendly San Francisco. My passion for dogs and teaching led to instructing canine education classes and running around all day with my pack at Fort Funston and McLaren Park. By night and on the weekends, I am an illustrator and cartoonist. You can find me at animal rescue benefits, human (and dog) parties, painting portraits and landscapes, or exploring nature/wildlife/foods for more creative inspiration.
My life has taken me on an unexpected journey, following both my passions for creating and the wonders of the natural world. I hope to inspire joy, laughter and heart through my artwork.
“Uncultivated Vulgarity” (Group Exhibition), Submission, San Francisco, CA (2012)
Sound.Art.Media “Dreams and Nightmares” Showcase, Beverly Hills, CA (2010)
40th Annual Beastly Ball, Los Angeles Zoo, CA (2010)
National Geographic “Great Migrations” Film Premier, Saban Theater, Beverly Hills, CA (2010)
Shaun Livingston Foundation “Get-a-Cue” Celebrity Billiard Benefit, Santa Monica, CA (2008)
Oh-My-Godard Gallery, Monrovia, CA (2008)
All Media 2008 (Juried Group Exhibition), Irvine Fine Arts Center, CA (2008)
“Creatures” Solo Show, Exit Gallery, CSUF, CA (2007)