I was born in Korea and raised in an Italian-American family in New York. I had a very eclectic upbringing, heavily influence by Disney movies, anime, and comic books. I can't remember a time when I wasn't fascinated with drawing anything and everything around me. I would stay up late sketching or making up creative projects for myself, because I hated going to sleep.
After graduating high school, I attended the College for Creative Studies and later transferred to the University of Washington where I received my BA in Interdisciplinary Visual Art. Soon after, I worked as a freelance designer before joining Smith-Harmon, an email marketing consultancy. While there I learned all the practical life skills that I didn't get from school, and got to work on many amazing projects and brands. I also painted in every spare moment and developed a series of portraits, which were represented by the Pacini Lubel Gallery.
After working two years in Seattle, I moved to New York City and helped expand the creative services team at Responsys, an interactive marketing company. During my time, I immersed myself in the art world and began to question my art and the ideas I had of success. This difficult transition spurred me to move to Los Angeles and redefine myself.
I also decided to learn something new—how to cook. This was what led me to create the blog Starving Artist Recipes. After a year of cooking and blogging, I was fortunate to find my agent, Mackenzie Brady Watson at New Leaf Literary & Media, and eventually get the incredible opportunity through The Countryman Press, to create The Starving Artist Cookbook.
In 2016 serendipitous circumstances brought me back to Seattle, where I live with my husband. I currently split my time as an illustrator, designer and fine artist.
1. Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown
2. Mistborn Series by Brandon Sanderson
3. Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold
4. Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
5. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
♥ LIFE STUFF
1. Cooking & Eating
2. Traveling Anywhere
3. Learning New Things
5. Binge Watching TV Series
1. Chuck Close
2. Jenny Saville
3. Ann Gale
4. Egon Schiele
5. Andrew Wyeth