Spending the last twenty years travelling the world, working on political campaigns, and studying Latin American history, I had never painted a picture in my life.
Everything changed in the summer of 2012 when my graphic designer roommate gave me a copy of the book, Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon. He prefaced it was made for artists, but was applicable to anything in life and thought I might enjoy it. As someone who reads a lot, it was full of advice that I’d heard a thousand times before. But this time it was put forth in such a creatively direct manner it flipped a switch in my brain. My creativity was unleashed. That night I created my first image on notebook paper with a children’s watercolor palate and pens from my purse. I have been painting and drawing everyday since.
“You are the sum of your influences.”
My strongest influence to date is the year I spent living in Mexico. It is my home away from home. My travels have also taken me across the United States, across the pond to Spain, and across the world to Thailand. At each locale I have absorbed the surrounding natural environments, local culture, and unique colors. My work creates a modern interpretation of the traditional folk art of the world.
My pieces are a combination of watercolor paint, acrylic paint & mediums, stamps, and gel ink pens.