INSPIRATION I like to think that my art reflects the joy of exploration, discovery and self-expression. As a fifth-generation California native whose family dates back to the Gold Rush, I felt compelled to see the world beyond my rural hometown. I have lived in San Francisco, Tokyo, New York & Mexico City, and each place has had a powerful impact on my art. Never one to say 'no' to artistic inspiration, I have explored a wide variety of creative disciplines. My primary focus is sculptural and I use numerous materials — textiles, plaster, rope, wood, and paint — to bring my visions to life. Both the natural world and sacred geometry provide a particularly rich source of inspiration. Photography & design are also crucial to my creative expression, allowing me to document memorable locations, colors, objects, plants & memories. Graphic Design allows me to run with these inspirations in a way that is more versatile, immediate and shareable than sculpture. Most importantly, I have developed an abiding passion for using my professional & creative skills to lift up other artists & entrepreneurs. It's hard to get established, and nothing gives me greater joy than helping others succeed in their passions. This can mean graphics, logos, and branding for small businesses, tour merchandise & promotional materials for musicians, and digitizing artwork to allow artists to reach wider audiences with unique products. EDUCATION I graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with honors in 2004. I double-majored in Japanese and Dramatic Arts and spent a year studying Japanese language and culture in Tokyo. Driven to further my education and develop a professional creative skill set, I later entered the MFA program in Web Design and New Media at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, graduating in 2013. I have since used these skills to develop a wide range of graphics, products, & merchandise. Upon completion of my MFA, I traveled to Mexico to study carving & painting Alebrije figurines with a local craftsman. These skills have greatly informed my sculptures ever since.
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