I have been playing with clay since I was young, however, I only started seriously pursuing my desire to become a sculptor three years ago. As a nature lover passionate about marine conservation, I pursued a career as a marine biologist for almost 10 years. I completed a bachelor of science in biology at The College of William and Mary and a master of science in biology from California State University, Northridge, during which I studied the effects of climate change on coral reefs and kelp forests.
However, throughout my high school, college and post college days, I kept ceramics as a hobby and studied under Jerry Mahle, Marlene Jack, Ed Higa and Rochelle Lum. At the end of 2016, I switched careers from marine ecology and conservation to art. Since then, I have worked with Julie Anderson in her studio in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, I completed a year as a post-baccalaureate student under Scott Parady at Sacramento State University, and I more recently finished a 9-month residency at the Mendocino Art Center.
My love of wildlife and my fascination with studying animals in their environment has become the greatest sources of inspiration for my art. Art and ecology are one and the same to me; both are the study of animals in their environment. I seek to build ceramic sculptures that explore the intricate and delicate relationships between humans and nature.