I am an illustrator and painter who creates imagery based on personal experience, cultural influences, and current social issues. Using portraiture, my work mainly focuses on queer visibility, female empowerment, and multicultural identity. I incorporate methods such as painting, collage, photography, and printmaking in my practice to fabricate an image. My experiences as a non-binary queer Mexican-Japanese American navigate much of the content I create. Naturally, a lot of my work requires thorough research due to the erased and often edited histories of black, indigenous, trans, and/or queer people of color.
My goal is to use my platform as an artist to question and challenge complex issues of identity in order to tell stories, demand a call to action, and connect with audiences and organizations that support and advocate for under-served, marginalized groups.
When I am not busy painting in the studio, documenting visual references, or researching about queer indigenous history, I’m most likely splurging on a meal I can’t afford, reading a friend’s birth chart, or dancing to sad songs. I am currently freelancing and open for commissions.