I was born and raised in Long Beach, California where I spent most of my life, until recently. Growing up in the 90’s with parents who were beach bums turned Jehovah's Witnesses had a huge impact on the way I learned to view the world, and ultimately how I approach art. Attending college was never a realistic option, so early attempts at art were very DIY. It wasn’t until my late twenties that I finally attended college where I studied oil painting and eventually received my BA from California State University, Los Angeles. It was there that I was first introduced to the magic of ceramics, and have been dancing with the devil ever since.
I am currently living and working in Portland, Oregon. When I'm not in the studio, I work part-time as a bartender and enjoy spending quiet time with my partner and my naughty, deaf cat.
I am particularly interested in fusing art history motifs, animal subject matter, and religious symbolism into a loosely suggestive narrative. Sculpted in porcelain, these anthropomorphic arrangements carefully teeter on the edge of macabre, while examining the personal tether between growth and pain. My influence stems from both my personal struggles with anxiety and depression as well as 17th century Dutch still life paintings. I deliberately partner common objects with strange animal compositions, arranged in surreal ways, to create an obscure narrative imbued with tension and wonder.