I got an early start in fashion design, with pattern-making and garment construction under my belt and Parsons and FIT locked in my focus. Not one to wait for permission, I attracted the attention of luxury designers after sending them care packages of my illustrations. While I chose to stay in my hometown of Portland (like the homebody I am), I used that momentum to get art commissions from boutiques while contributing to blogs like StyleCaster.
Growing up, Disney, Mary-Kate & Ashley, and Sundance films alike danced across my hyperfocused eyes. But it wasn't until years later that I fancied filmmaking as a pursuit - including bridging my art background via animation and comics. Once I did, everything made sense. Screenwriting had the catharsis of prose with the artistic storytelling of fashion. It gave a place for my interests to collide and to explore myself and the world in a more meaningful way.
After assisting in children's art classes at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, I got bit by the teaching bug. I took to YouTube and eventually was invited to teach on Skillshare. There I taught topics like genre writing, creativity, and art. In 2017, I launched my first independent course - sharing my cinematic approach to cartooning. 5,000+ awesome students later and I still love sharing skillz I've spent years crafting.
Today, my work remains as personal and expansive with some new influences: photography and self-help. I currently play with fashion and film by making animatics + graphic novels and am developing a one-woman web series. I also write screenplays in the coming-of-age, dark comedy, and mystery/thriller genres. And occasionally, I still will teach my fave tips and ticks along the way.
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