I paint to celebrate diversity, courage, and the pioneering spirit of adventure seekers. As the daughter of immigrants born into a family of aviation professionals and jetsetters, I grew up in the U.S hearing stories about traversing the globe. Sometimes we travel for the love of discovery, sometimes for the pursuit of opportunity, and sometimes out of survival.
The subjects I portray with acrylic paint are often women to illustrate how traveling is an avenue for addressing limitations that keep us bound to a single place¬ —physically, emotionally, and socially. The very act of moving throughout the world challenges gender norms, racial stereotypes, and socioeconomic perceptions. This is why the women in my art are depicted as adventuresses and because I firmly believe representation matters, my paintings celebrate diversity: Black, Muslim, Latinx, Asian, body-positive, neuro-diverse, LGBTQ—all reveling in discovery. They are free, defiant, brave, joyful, independent, and full of hope.
My art is not only a call to action to women to make the world theirs, but also a tribute to those who have pushed boundaries, despite risks and dangers, because their love for a life of depth outweighed their fear of the unfamiliar.