I’m a NYC-based conscious creative who loves intimate conversations, soul-searching, deep questioning, states of flow and wanderlust. I’ve been an artist since I could remember. I expressed myself through drawing, painting, movement and writing. Before college, I was at a cross-roads between military and art school… I’m glad I chose the ladder. I studied at some of the top schools in NYC: Pratt, Cooper Union and FIT. I’ve traveled to Germany to study design at the Bauhaus. I’ve traveled Europe, slept on benches, beaches and train stations. Partially scared shit-less, partially in-awe of life.
I’ve had over 6 years of experience as an industrial designer and have seen how my values were largely compromised while working in profit-driven companies. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate everything I’ve learned. It was like going to grad school. I felt as if I had received a minor in engineering. I have seen my ideas come to fruition and it’s always an amazing process. But the underlying reason for making products was lack-luster. About a year ago, I took some time to re-evaluate and rediscover why I had fallen in love with art in the first place. I sold almost all of my possessions leaving only my diaries since 2nd grade with my mom. I packed a small backpack and headed on a journey to Southeast Asia. I didn’t planned much contrary to my meticulous, detailed-oriented ways. I was traveling month by month, day by day, moment by moment.
I had to let it all go. I had a deep desire to live life to the fullest and my intuition told me to take the leap. During my travels, I studied Classical Yoga and Meditation and got back in touch with myself. It healed me, I had dealt with reoccurring health issues and past traumas. It helped me have that urge and desire to return to art. I came back to the present and accessed states of flow. I felt surrounded by pain, sorrow, angst, peace, love, magic and joy. It was a mixture of everything. You see, deep joy can only be felt when deep pain is on the other end. I was able to reconnect with that child-like desire to live, learn and express. I traveled by land, sea, bus, tuk tuk, train, plane. I saw how magnificent I was, the world was. How miniscule I was, the world was. I felt deeply connected to all living beings. I met fellow travelers on a similar yet unique spiritual journey and locals that looked at me with longing eyes when I told them I was from the U.S. I looked at them with awe as they ate fish from the river and gazed at the star-filled sky up above. I saw how similar someone from across the world was to the people back home. We were all one and the same.
I’m a designer, engineer, illustrator, painter, writer and yoga instructor. I value expression of my truest self rather than who society nudges me to be. At times it’s a deeply uncomfortable, anxiety-inducing and difficult way to live and other times it’s liberating, deeply fulfilling and refreshingly authentic.
I find that learning how to live with life’s uncertainty, the ups and downs, is directly correlated with the process of art, design and any form of self-expression. It helped me stay with it long enough to see the magic on the other side.
It’s scary to be you. It’s confusing. It’s inspiring. It’s real. It’s truth.
WISE LIVING YOGA ACADEMY [DOI SAKET, THAILAND]
INTERNATIONAL MEDITATION CENTER [DOI SUTHEP, THAILAND]
CHIANG RAI, THAILAND TO LUANG PRABANG, LAOS
VANG VIENG, LAOS
NONG KHIAW, LAOS