I’ve always been a dreamer, an imaginer, and a creator. I have my BFA in Illustration from the Academy of Art University, where I wrote and illustrated numerous books. I also received the California Arts Scholar Award and the Governor's Medallion, the highest distinction in California for artistically talented students. My poetry has been featured in Women For One, an online publication that seeks to empower women through storytelling.
Some of my earliest memories are illustrating all day, and painstakingly handwriting and binding homemade books. Somehow, the written and illustrated word has never been separate for me. It is my belief that we as artists have a responsibility to create with the intention of disseminating hope into an ever chaotic and violent world. The message that I hope to convey through my work is, when there is pain and suffering, unwrap that box and find the gift of joy inside.