Early Days

I was born in 1971 in Panorama City, Los Angeles, which is surrounded on all sides by the Ronald Reagan, Golden State, Hollywood, Ventura, and the San Diego freeways. Soon after, we moved to a house in Venice Beach. I was surrounded by modern art, bean bags, and mid century furniture.

On the hi-fi: Brasil 66, The Beatles, Marvin Gaye.

In 1974, we moved to Davis, California, a college town with lots of trees and bicycles, and an hour’s drive to San Francisco. By 1980, I had two little brothers. As a kid I was always drawing, playing dress-up or swimming. In 1st grade, I got busted for doing someone’s art project in exchange for lunch money. I set up art classes in my backyard for the neighborhood kids during the summer and made homemade Christmas cards every year. I learned to sew. My parents totally supported my interest in art. I liked school, but tended to daydream. My favorite weekends were spent in San Francisco and the beach at Point Reyes.

On the record player: Saturday Night Fever, Grease soundtracks, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt


As a teenager, I wore cheap and chic fashion c/o the Salvation Army. I got an asymmetrical haircut and took dance classes. In 1986 I went to the Philippines and saw a life completely different from mine. I discovered Japanese Pop style.  As a sophomore I got into a pre-college drawing program at California College of the Arts, so I spent my Saturdays in Oakland. I started painting. I joined the yearbook staff which was kind of like my first job. I graduated in 1989 and was eager to get out of a small town and into the big city. I spent my summer before college at CalArts as part of a scholarship program.

On the Walkman: The Police, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, OMD, Duran Duran, Depeche Mode, Tears for Fears, UB40, Madness, Peter Gabriel

I attended college at UCLA where I majored in Design, and I took animation classes with Dan McLaughlin. My favorite classes were color theory, conceptual art, video and textiles. I went to see a lot of films and animation festivals, and attended film workshops at USC. I spent a lot of time in coffeehouses in West LA, or at the beach in Santa Barbara. I left UCLA to live in Venice Beach and start an art gallery on Abbot Kinney Blvd with two friends. We painted all the time, built stuff, threw parties, stayed up late and drank alot of coffee.

On the CD player: The Cure, Jane’s Addiction, Eric Clapton, Led Zepellin, Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, Elvis Preseley, B-52s, DeeeLite, The Beastie Boys

I moved back home to Davis and worked at my favorite French bistro, where I met some of my lifelong friends. They convinced me to go to Europe within a year. In the spring of 1994 I backpacked through Europe and Morocco, and fell in love with Spanish artists. Also during this time I discovered house music, drum-and-bass and street art. I shaved my head and dyed my hair pink.

On mixtapes: Cajmere – “Brighter Days”, Jaydee – “Plastic Dreams”, The Fog – “Been a Long Time”


I started working for a video game company in early summer of 1994 after they sent me a brand new Mac with an Internet connection. I moved back to Venice Beach to work in their office, bringing both my brothers down with me and we all lived together in a converted auto garage. After a year, I worked as a digital artist for Activision, and then got a coveted position at Disney Interactive. Our free time was spent dancing at warehouse parties or full-moon parties in the desert. We went to Disneyland once a month. I worked for the Disney Imagineers for a summer on top-secret stuff.

On rotation: Orbital, The Orb, Freestyle Fellowship, Tribe Called Quest, Beastie Boys, Doc Martin, Hepcat, Skatalites, Desmond Dekker, Future Sound of London, Massive Attack, Nina Simone, Bjork

In 1997, I moved to Seattle where I have been ever since (with a 2 year stint in Washington, DC). I worked in the kids educational software department at Microsoft, then made my first foray into Web design at a boutique design firm. I worked at a bigger interactive services company during the dot-com boom. When the bubble burst, I got an associate art director position at an advertising agency. I worked in another boutique design house, mainly on really fun print and illustration projects. In 2003 I met my husband, and we spent three months in Italy, then we moved to Washington, DC. where I worked for a mid-sized branding firm. I went to the Smithsonian as much as I could, and spent weekends in New York.

We came back to our home in Seattle and where I continued to work in branding and design, as well as illustration and packaging design. For three years I worked for the largest food site on the Web, while we made plans to open a pizzeria in our neighborhood. It opened in the summer of 2011, to rave reviews. Since then, I have been working at the restaurant and refocused my energy on painting.

On the iPod: Boards of Canada, Thievery Corporation, Radiohead, Flaming Lips, Wilco, The Roots, Tinarawen, Kate Simko, TV on the Radio, Black Keys, Bon Iver, Fela Kuti, Sharon Jones