I was born in Lima, Peru, and adopted by my loving mom, Donna (Hi mom!), when I was 4 months old. I grew up and was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio by my mom and aunt, Donna and Diane, who are two of the most fun, generous and energetic twins you’ll ever meet. I was also raised by my grandparents, John and Ethel who, along with the twins, have shaped me into the person I am, teaching me, among so many things, the virtues of self reliance and my own inner strength. I would be remiss here if I did not mention that my mother also taught me it is perfectly acceptable to be unreasonably early to airports, gatherings, and soccer games, as well as the gleeful merits of getting a good deal when shopping. I truly feel blessed and honored to have been given my family- for the encouragement, fun and love I was afforded, and for the support to be myself, even if they didn't always understand me. My interests growing up revolved around art and religion and, as my interests adjusted and grew, food and nutrition would become one of my other integral passions. It would be later, that I was exposed to many areas of spirituality that took me to where my heart was craving to be beyond my childhood conditioning of a single organized theology. Though I took with me the same core values of compassion and service, I would learn that I could become my own advocate on my creative and spiritual path.
I attended art school at SCAD in Savannah, Georgia. It was during these formative years that I grew not only as an artist but, just as importantly, as a human. I learned that being open-minded and honest to oneself was an attractive quality, not an awkward eccentricism to be suppressed and that being our true authentic selves is the very root of our power and it is there where we can teach, learn and grow from one another. I graduated with a degree in Illustration while also having an equally intense passion for holistic wellness and dreamt of one day creating art that encouraged others in their journey of authentic health while continuously cultivating my own healing experience. I am inspired by communities, organizations, businesses, publications, and people that communicate and use their energy to enrich creativity, adventure, open mindedness and wellbeing in order to guide and heal our larger community.
After college, I had a determination to move to New York. The electricity here, NYC is like a permanent full moon. It implicitly asks you to bring your best, most talented self and engage with the moment. I started my adventure with no bed, a few boxes of essentials, clothes and a bike. Thanks to the rearing of my mother, I now own approximately 650 square feet of small, dysfunctional trinkets and furniture (sorry mom, this is not true).
My path has led me to nutrition and wellness, holistic healing, spirituality and of course, creative expression, in whatever way it comes. I feel honored and grateful to have the opportunity for my energy to take a human form in this moment in time and I want to use my energy to follow my purpose, through illustration, art and otherwise to ultimately heal myself and others in whatever capacity I'm meant to. My illustrations are bright and colorful, an exploration of my growth, imagination, the potential of energy, nature and the positive power of mankind. Though I’ve never been back to Peru, I find my Peruvian sensibilities carried out in my aesthetic through my use of vibrant colors and patterns. I hope my work evokes happiness, the celebration of life and a sense of familiarity that connects and inspires you on your ongoing spiritual path.
SOME COOL CLIENTS:
The Ainsworth, NYC
Allied Experiential with Panera Bread
BaZnGa Café, NYC
Dean and DeLuca, NYC
Covina Restaurant and Café, NYC
Details Magazine, NYC
Federoff’s Roast Pork, Brooklyn
Fox and Jane Salon, NYC
Manespace Salon, NYC
MINKA Center for Holistic Wellness, Brooklyn
New York University, NYC
the COMPOUND COWORK, Brooklyn
Trader Joe’s, NYC
Traeger Wood Fired Grills
+ Various marketing houses, ad agencies and commissioned works.
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