Art is life! Life is art!
My artistic journey has been about exploring different mediums. Sometimes that desire to explore gets me into trouble… I find it hard to settle down on just one technique or medium. I want to learn them all!
I have been creating since I was old enough to hold a crayon. My desire to be creative got me into a lot of trouble when I was a child… modifying things with scissors that should have been left alone, decorating things with nail polish. I caused my mother a lot of grief!
Through school I kept drawing, doodling, creating. High school was bearable because of Mr. Kim Wong’s art class. He challenged me to explore different mediums. Recently I discovered that Kim Wong was inspired to pursue art by Wayne Thiebaud... I wouldn't have appreciated that information back then as much as I do now.
I earned my BFA in graphic design, and worked in the publishing industry for most of my career. Graphic design can be confining at times, especially when you want to be more ‘hands on’ with what you create, rather than relying on the computer for all of the output. I needed creative release that didn’t involve sitting in front of a monitor for hours on end, so I started exploring metal sculpture, jewelry making, pinstriping acrylics and inks.
I worked as Assistant Editor at the Benicia Herald from 2011 to 2015. My time there gave me the opportunity to become familiar with Benicia’s art community and its artists. While I no longer work for the paper, I am grateful that my experience there allowed me to become a part of the community.
Currently I am working as an independent jewelry maker, graphic designer and artist at large.
Web store: http://phoenyxarts.bigcartel.com