I am a young, multi-media artist based in Ontario, Canada. I have been in love with art all my life, and over the years, built my skills by continually practicing, learning and pushing my comfort zones. I took art all through high school, and have always had a pen in my hand and a sketchbook in my bag.
After a decline in my mental health, I decided to pursue education outside of a school setting, and focus on things I loved, like art and writing. While learning to live with mental illnesses on my shoulders, these hobbies transformed from casual pass times, to much needed coping mechanisms. I spent most of my life believing that I wouldn’t be able to turn this hobby into a career, despite the encouragement I had.
At the beginning of 2018, I decided to take the leap and invest in making prints, buying packaging, etc. This process included endless hours of research, support from family, friends and teachers, and flip flopping between I can do this/I’m making a mistake. Although I still wonder if I will be ‘successful’ financially, I know that I love art, it makes my happy, and I want to share my work.
My goal as an artist is to take these pieces of work that hold so much meaning to me, and share them with the world. I hope to encourage people to celebrate, and accept their differences by illustrating diversity, uniqueness, and self love. I strive to break down barriers in media, and push the norms of representation.
I recognize my privileges of growing up in a first world country that is more progressive than most, having a supportive family, and having access to education. I know a lot of people are not fortunate enough to have these things. I want to do something for the people who are beaten, bullied or ostracized for their differences. As a biracial, queer, and mentally ill woman, I benefited greatly from seeing others like myself in art, movies, music. I hope I can grow that representation, and make media more inclusive.