Tell us a little bit about how you entered the art world.

Art has always been a part of my life, I can’t remember when it wasn’t. I have expressed myself creatively through art  in different ways as I went through architecture school as well as in my career in landscape architecture. A lot of my design work was heavily influenced by art. So art has always been apart of my creative journey but it wasn't until a few years ago that it became my sole focus and I think it was due to the birth of my son. You go through a lot of change when you have a child, and the one thing that changed for me was that I became more decisive about what mattered. I felt that the freedom to express creatively was essential for  my well being and unlike all the other ways of creative expression I've done throughout my design career, art was the most freeing. 

What’s your favorite part of the process of creating art?

I’ve been told I have too many ideas! It's fun to imagine and create in your mind, so I take a lot of pleasure in the beginning of the process and sometimes the middle, like the actual part of making and creating, but I often do not enjoy the end. The end of the process is mostly a process of doubt and deciding whether I like something or not and most of the time I don't. I'm still learning to enjoy that part of the process! 

What inspires you and motivates you to create?

It constantly changes, but lately I’ve felt really inspired by nature, specifically that of southern California.. 

What is your personal philosophy in terms of your art?

There is a quote by John Updike where he says “What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit” and I think that sums it up. I think art is about joy, it’s about giving you a place to be.

What is abstract art to you?

To me abstract art is a way of seeing. What you see is often intangible but that what makes abstract art amazing; abstract art gives the viewer the freedom to interpret what the piece is trying to express and I believe this allows the viewer to to get more from the art. I think abstract allows you to express things that are complicated in a way that can still resonate with someone. Very much like how sometimes you can say more through poetry then you can through an essay.

If you had the ability to choose any artwork in this world to own, what would it be and where would you place it?

Probably one of Calder's sculptures and I’d have it hang over my bed. I think that would bring me endless joy.   

Tell us about your process for designing a Cut Out & Co art kit. What were your inspirations? How did you create it?

I’m often inspired by my surroundings and as I got older, I started to find comfort  in the natural world. Especially being in Southern California where the weather is so delightful. The light is bright and there is a lot of variety in the way the land forms.

For the kit, I wanted to bring in colors of the desert and to explore the idea of movement. As an artist, I am personally interested in visual composition that captures the essence of motion. Like how your mind wanders from thought to thought. This is a state of mind I’m in when I'm exploring and wandering through places like Joshua Tree. Your thoughts travel as you physically travel and I'm interested in exploring that sense of movement in our minds. I wanted to explore the shapes and composition to study ways of visually capturing that moment in time.The kit was designed to allow flexibility for some else to define that movement.  

What are your thoughts on mindful living. What does it mean to you?

It means listening to your mind and body. For me, that means living with creativity and kindness.

Do you have a favorite color, and if so, what is it?

Not quite a favorite but I’m mostly drawn to arrays of green and yellow