[about the artist]

I'm a lifelong artist in any media (illustration, painting, sculpting, photography...you name it) but I've always preferred cartooning, which I started in elementary school. 
I won my first art contest when I was six, claiming 1st Place and a brand new Nintendo in the Hayward Clean-Up Days poster contest. Having primarily drawn cartoons, I tested the waters with more realistic art in middle school, then experimented with many different styles in high school. School staff asked me to illustrate posters for school plays and the covers for the seasonal concert programs; one year I contributed to a winter-themed window painting. I was a member of the ZAP Club (Zany Art People), which took part in art-related community service, such as face painting at street fairs and other local functions. With encouragement from my art teacher, local airbrush and mural artist Andrew Kong Knight, I entered numerous pieces into local and national art competitions - namely the Alameda County Fair, where I would take 1st Place, Best in Class, and Best in Show in each media category every year (only receiving one 2nd Place one year). 
From 2011-2012, I joined the Young Rembrandts program as an after school art teacher, teaching drawing classes at various elementary and middle schools around the Bay Area. I left Young Rembrandts after receiving an offer to work at the office which became the inspiration for my Company Lunch webcomic.
I work full-time as a Project Administrator, do face painting at the occasional birthday party or farmer's market, sing some karaoke, and raise two awesome little boys, who are also budding artists. We also have Keisha, the derpiest husky in town.

...and if you like baked goods and live in the San Francisco Bay Area, I also own a baking business called the  Powered Sugar Bake Shoppe, in which I combine my artistic talents with desserts. That also takes up a good deal of my time. ;) #shamelessplug