I am a self-taught artist. It all started with coloring books as a child. As a child I would get blisters on my fingers from coloring so much. I did not start exploring with art outside of pencil drawings until high school when my art teacher noticed my talent for drawing. Immediately, he transferred me to the advanced art class. The class was focused on independent projects of choice with no lectures. My first assignment was to grab a canvas, oil paints, and just start painting.
I fell in love with painting after that. Over the last 9 years I have experimented with a variety of different mediums, but I have adopted a signature style of painting characterized by splattered on and watered down acrylic backdrops, high contrast stencils, and a focus on the feminine. Aside from creating my signature style artwork, I get an immense amount of satisfaction out of doing commissioned artwork where I work one on one with someone create a vision for a painting special they will hold close for a lifetime. Throughout the years, I have created over 20 pieces of custom artwork for family, friends, and even complete strangers. Some of my most notable commissioned collaborations have been with the reggae band, Iration. I worked with the members of Iration to design an image for their 2014 Desert Concert Series, as well as, to design an image to be used on Soundcloud, Pandora, and other social media outlets for their 2015 single “Reeling”.
Along the span of my career as an artist, I have received local and national recognition for my art. In 2009 I won first place in the 21st District Congressional Art Competition where my painting “TJ” was showcased for one year in the Capitol Building in Washington DC. More recently in May 2015, I was recognized as the featured artist in the Santa Barbara Sentinel.
Aside from doing art on canvas, I have experience painting murals. I have completed two murals in Santa Barbara. One of the murals “Octopus”, has became a new Isla Vista landmark amongst students. Similar in scale to mural art, I have experience doing large scale “street paintings” with soft pastel chalk. This experience came from participating in the Santa Barbara iMadonnari Chalk Art Festival 2009, 2011, 2012, & 2015.