I am a biracial, latino artist, designer and educator.
I paint murals and signs, I draw comics and I illustrate books.
I draw a lot of my influence from the art that I grew up with: traditional Mexican art, comics and album covers. My favorite subjects are people, nature and food. My people are often singing or dancing, nature can be plants, animals or landscapes, and the food that I paint is bright and colorful. I strive to create work that is uplifting, vibrant and connects people to themselves, to each other and to their community.
I've created hundreds of hand-painted signs and murals for businesses in Oregon and California such as: New Seasons Market, Central Oregon Locavore and The Hollywood Theater. I am accustomed to painting on a variety of surfaces including glass, stone and vinyl. I can enlarge or reproduce art, fonts or logos, no problem. I am happy to paint or integrate your design. My preference is to create original art. I enjoy working collaboratively and I’m adept at translating themes and ideas into something aesthetically beautiful that honors the concept in surprising or humorous ways.
I am the author and illustrator of a few 'zines and comics including Brother Crow, A Guide to Understanding the Never-ending Story and Heroes & Lovers.
I am currently working on art for a book of poetry comics along with Seattle poet, Shin Yu Pai. We've had our work published with Honey Literary magazine, Mundane Fantasy Comics #3 and couple of upcoming publications. Our book, Less Desolate, which will include the majority of our work together will come out in Fall of 2023, published by Blue Cactus Press
I teach painting, drawing, design and comics for students of all ages throughout Los Angeles, Portland And the Seattle Area. My teaching philosophy emphasizes skill development, practice and exploration. My goal is to get students creating as quickly as possible and to feel comfortable sharing, discussing and improving their work.