Hello, it's me...
Born in the '80s, in the heart of Metro Manila, Philippines. My fascination with the arts began at the earliest age I can remember. At the age of fifteen, my family and I immigrated to Oakland California that changed my life profoundly. As a young teenager, it was a difficult transition to adapt to this new environment. Back in the '90s being part of the LGBTQ community made it more difficult. It was a tremendous change for me, almost like losing one's identity. I found solace in art putting my thoughts and emotions onto blank pieces of canvas, a place of catharsis.
With unlimited resources of inspiration, my mind continued to be filled with newfound notions. It led me to study at The Art Institute of California in San Francisco where I majored in Media Arts and Animation and then fell into Graphic Design. My work evolved from traditional drawings to digital graphics. If I’m not working in an Interior Design firm creating environmental graphic design, I set myself free from brand rules and paint.
My daughter and I have been working together since the pandemic to spend more quality time and teach each other different techniques in painting. I’ve learned so much from a 6-year-old. I’ve learned to paint without restriction, to stop overthinking composition, and to have fun. The messier the better. This allows me to experiment with different materials, colors, and textures. I let the brush lead and discover hidden stories and unravel the whimsical journey of positivity and love.