My artwork is inspired by folk stories and songs, contemporary popular culture, and local flora and fauna. I choose subjects that reflect sadness and futility, while also finding the joy and beauty that makes life worth living and, ultimately, laughing at. As an artist I strive to create artwork that is alive and expresses the beauty and absurdity of everyday life. I am driven to reach out and connect through humor and emotions while tapping into my own past growing up in both small-town suburban California, as well as the rugged mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico. As a photographer, I photograph tropical and desert plants in Bay Area landscapes and urbanscapes. The focus on these plants provides a challenge and a contrast to the overly common images which seem to identify Napa and Sonoma counties.
Professionally I am a museum educator and I strive to create opportunities for youth and the community to engage with art in unexpected ways.
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