Art is what drives me. I see art in everything all around me.
I was born in San Mateo California and have been busy doing art since my earliest memory. I was lucky to take a watercolor class in Jr. high from a teacher who taught us the worth of our talents by conducting class critiques and entering our work in gallery showings. I believe that this teacher inspired me to seriously consider a career in art.
In high school I took basic drawing, cartooning, screen printing and graphic design. I took classes at Chemeketa Community College in 1988 studying art history and graphic design. I then participated in the extension program in 1989 at the Pacific Northwest College of Art studying graphic design, sculpting and mixed media.
I moved back to S. F. in 1990 where I worked in the art department of a printed sportswear company for 3 1/2 years. This was my first experience creating art for a clientele base. I also purchased my first tattoo "kit" at this time, and with the help of Spalding and Rogers' "Tattooing A to Z" book, I began to experiment with the medium of tattooing.
I volunteered to teach color separation to homeless youth in 1993, and later gave up screen printing to work with homeless youth full time for 3 years. I moved back to Portland in 2000 with my husband and son where I started an apprenticeship with Amanda Myers at Infinity. My daughter was then born in 2002.
I continue to expand my art skills and knowledge through continuing education classes and art classes at PNCA. In my (rarely) free time, I enjoy painting and drawing as well as doing fun activities with my family. I also stay involved in the community by doing my part to help my husband with his non-profit program which provides music and arts education and opportunities for homeless and "at risk" youth.