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A beach-loving, island girl that loves creating art on various mediums! I find my inspiration in daily interactions and love the use of vibrant neon colors. I’m currently based out of Kansas after living 8 years in Okinawa, Japan.
It all started when I was a toddler. I was holding an orange crayon after coloring on my parents wallpaper when my parents walked into the room and found me holding the ground behind my back. I never wanted to take responsibility for my artwork because when they asked who had done it I blamed my sister.
From that moment I was given a sketchbook to perform my works of art. I begin sketching using pencil.
When I was 14 I decided I wanted to use a much bigger canvas. My parents purchased paint and allowed me to paint my first mural on the fire escape in our house. I found peace during the night hours with the flood light beaming down into the fire escape as I painted onto the concrete canvas.
In high school I took art classes without further developed my love for various mediums. I began using watercolor and textures in my paintings.
In college my artwork took a backburner to my studies but when time allowed, I would resort back to sketching on a pad with pencil-typically on my notes and outlines during classes. This continued into adulthood. Sometimes ideas for new pieces were born from sketches. I would fill my apartment with acrylic paintings but only viewed art as a hobby.
As an adult with two children, my love for acrylic painting was reunited when the three of us worked on a piece together. My son was 5 and my daughter was 4 and before we began I asked them to help me pick the colors then see when they open their eyes in the ocean. From there, we completed our first abstract ocean-inspired piece together which still hangs in our bedroom.
I painted pieces for the children’s bedrooms depending on what they were into at the time, whether it be princesses or transformers. All the while completing works of art on my surfboards as an outlet to continually use new mediums-this time it was Posca pens on surfboards and skateboards.
When we finally made the move to Okinawa and I was fortunate enough to meet fellow artists, I was encouraged to provide artwork for OISTs art show with profit donations going towards marine conservation efforts. Finally my passion for art collided with my love for the ocean! The first art show was to benefit sea turtle conservation. Much to my surprise every piece submitted had sold. I was so thankful to find a community that was encouraging and inspiring!
I had never imagined my artwork would be shared with the public but I am beyond grateful for the supportive worldwide community that inspires and encourages one another bound together by their love of art full expression.