Throughout my life, all of my passions have been centered around art. I received my BFA from California State Universisty at Long Beach in 2000, with my focus on drawing and painting. Upon graduating, I made it my goal to make my living and career in the art world. I knew that it could be really tough to make a living as an artist, but that made me all the more determined. My focus on earning a living as a painter would require me to be creative, so I ended up with some interesting jobs that led to a surprising and unexpected career. One of my first art related jobs was with the education department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. I created and taught art workshops based on exhibitions at the museum. I loved that work. There was always so much happening, so much for me to be exposed to and learn.
While I was at LACMA, I was offered an internship at the Guggenheim museum in Venice, Italy. It was an exciting opportunity, so on a bit of a whim, I decided to move out of the country for a while. At the Guggenheim, I learned the ins and outs of daily operation and worked with people from all around the globe. Living in Venice was amazing and beyond inspiring every single day. I sketched and painted whenever I had the chance.
My inspiration comes from mid-century living, particularly the idyllic California lifestyle. We live in a beautiful and inspiring mid-century modern home that we have been renovating, doing lots of the work ourselves. I draw a lot of my inspiration directly from our living space and our lifestyle.