ABOUT ME

I am a Long Beach-based illustrator and painter who creates imagery based on personal experience, cultural influences, and current social issues. Specific themes such as queer visibility, female empowerment, and multicultural backgrounds are naturally inherent in my work. Since my work relies on storytelling and symbolic imagery, I use diverse color palettes, iconic portraiture, and botanical elements to convey meaning and significance.

I create content heavily influenced by activism, vulnerability, and representation, often incorporating various methods in order to engage with the viewer. 

My goal is to use my platform as an artist to question and challenge complex issues of identity in order to tell stories, provoke dialogue, and connect with people.

When I am not busy painting in the studio, documenting visual references, or researching about queer indigenous history, I’m most likely splurging on a meal I can’t afford, reading a friend’s birth chart, or dancing to sad songs.

I am currently freelancing and open for commissions.

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ARTIST CV

INVOLVEMENT
(Upcoming) 2019 June
- OUT LOUD LB - Featured artist - Annual LGBTQ Arts festival geared towards showcasing the artistic and cultural achievements of the greater LGBTQ+ community in Long Beach.
2019 March-Present
– RAW Natural Born Artists – Visual Artist – Featured and sold recent works in a showcase highlighting Los Angeles based visual artists, photographers, musicians, and performers.
2018 September-Present - Arts Council of Long Beach – Member: Visual Artist – Involved with Long Beach’s Arts Council projects that focus on Long Beach based artists who specialize in visual, performing, and traditional arts.
2018 June - Pow! Wow! Long Beach – Muralist Assistant – Pow! Wow! Long Beach was a week-long event that featured many artists painting murals all over Long Beach; I assisted Joon the Goon and Allison Bamcat with painting their mural and met with many other artists such as Sydney James and Nuria Ortiz (msyellowart).

EXHIBITIONS/SHOWCASES
June 29, 2019 - OUT LOUD Long Beach - Featured Artist - Art Theatre
Mar 20, 2019 - RAW Los Angeles Reflect – Featured Artist - Exchange LA
Feb 2019 – Glass Showcasing – Fine Arts 3, Cal State Long Beach
            “Resilience”
Sep 2018 – Glass Showcasing – Fine Arts 3, Cal State Long Beach
            “Copper Bracelet”
Feb 2018 - Glass Showcasing – Fine Arts 4, Cal State Long Beach
            “KING”; “Saint Marsha”

COLLECTION
Private Collector, Clovis, CA
Private Collector, El Monte, CA
Private Collector, Long Beach, CA

EDUCATION
Bachelor of Art: Studio Art, Emphasis in Illustration
California State University of Long Beach, California
August 2016 – June 2019

SKILLS
Techniques: Papermaking, book-binding, woodworking, jewelry-making
Machinery: Hand tools and woodworking machines
Design: Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop
Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, Powerpoint