My journey of making art began at a young age. I was sewing things from anything I could find and drawing caricatures of everyone around me. As a child I spent almost all of my free time making art and it was hard to get me out of an art store! My biggest influence was my mom who was an artist in every sense of the word. She encouraged me to explore many forms of art and I was inspired by her passionate nature. She passed away when I was a child and I let art slowly slip away. For a long time, I struggled to find the connection I once had to art and my work became dark.
It wasn’t until my early 20s that I realized I wanted to be a professional artist. I attended Pratt institute in New York where I realized I had a passion for illustration and book design. There I had incredible teachers who became mentors and helped guide my work in a direction that felt very natural to me. I dove deep into making illustrations and figured out that my inspiration came from color, travel, cultures, and food. Traveling and learning about different cultures has made a big impact on my work. I love putting a sense of humor and playfulness into my illustration because I like to keep things lighthearted. I believe art shouldn’t be taken too seriously and I love expressing the quirkiness in life.
I also have a strong passion for sewing and I love making animal soft sculptures and mobiles which I sell on Etsy. Fabric has played an important role in my creations and my fabric collection keeps growing. I hope to never stop creating, traveling, and meeting people from faraway places.