I've been creative throughout my whole life, whether it was decorating my class projects or drawing on classmates shoes. I was that kid in class that had all the colorful gel pens and doodled all day, or when we went on family vacations, I would always have my sketch book on me! My grandma was an amazing oil painter. She was mainly inspired by landscape, specifically the ocean. My creativity is definitely inspired and dedicated to my grandma.
Art has always been a hobby and I never took it seriously. I graduated at Sacramento State with an Art Degree where I made friendships with phenomenal and creative classmates and professors.
Although I learned more about myself as an artist after college, I still didn't see it at a business or career by any means.
In April 2020, when the lockdown happened because of COVID, I took 3 months off of work and immediately started painting. My best friend, Tori Hironaka, and I painted for 6-8 hours everyday in my parents garage and that's when I finally found my passion in my art! If we weren't painting, we were taking trips to do curbside pick-ups at local art stores such as, Michaels, Blick, and University Art, for more supplies! COVID has been a disaster for many, but also a blessing in disguise. It gave people opportunities to appreciate other parts of their life, it gave people time to re-evaluate their purpose, and most of all, it helped me find confidence in my art.