for my undergraduate degree, i studied various forms of fine art and graphic deign at the university of houston – downtown. i also have one year of graduate level coursework completed in graphic design and bookmaking at the university of nebraska – lincoln. i have been fortunate to live in many parts of the US, where i explored distinct environments and enjoyed the nuances of regional cultures. these experiences have undoubtedly shaped my creative mindset.
graphic design plays a major role in my overall creative practice. working with clients to visualize their dreams and ideas, while playing a small part in helping them reach their business goals is incredibly satisfying work.
my collages are made of vintage papers exclusively because of their degradation; the texture may be brittle, but the inks are beautiful. every now and then, i find little handwritten notes from the past, which are being collected for a future project.
i am constantly inspired to create spontaneous and surprising juxtapositions in order to make sense of the chaotic world around us. i was first drawn to vintage magazines for their artwork, page layouts, and typography. although, once i began objectively studying these vintage publications, a trend began to emerge: the commodification of women in advertising. the propaganda of an “ideal woman,” along with other fractured images of idealized indoor and outdoor environments, flora, and fauna, coalesce into a visual dystopia. these are constant sources of inquiry in my collage work.