Art is an essential part of who I am. I’ve known this for as long as I can remember, but I did sometimes fight it. It took time for me to completely embrace the fact that it’s okay to be different and think outside the box, which is what I try to portray through my art.
I grew up in Washington State with parents who always made sure that my brother and I were surrounded by the outdoors. We were always hiking, surfing and spending time together as a family on the beautiful coast of the Pacific North West. I have always found art in everything I see. The trees have faces, the leafs must be exhausted from waving and I’ve always thought that the sun must cry up there all by itself.
Throughout High School art went to the back burner since I was trying so hard to be the same as everyone else. I lost who I was while I was trying to fit into what society wanted me to be, that is until I moved to the beautiful island of Kauai four years ago. I moved to Kauai because I joined the Coast Guard for search and rescue, which was a very vulnerable step in my life. In the beginning I isolated myself and felt alone, but I soon came to realize the spiritual journey I was about to embark on. I am grateful for the lows that I have felt to truly know what I want and who I am. I’ve realized that art will always bring me back home.
The past year has been another struggle, although I have found love and clung onto art like no other, I have been dealing with very exhausting health problems. Which ultimately is making me take my next steps in this crazy journey and move to Oahu.
Ultimately I have learned so much about myself the past few months. I’ve learned that change is hard, its okay to not be okay, and that being different and yourself is beautiful. That is what I aim to create. My goal is to continue creating authentic and interesting work, to never stop learning, and to give back where ever I can. Art is what brings us home.