In 2016, I quit my job to ride my bike around the world. I’d been working as a producer at an advertising agency in LA, and I was ready for a big change after 6 years of a little too much stress and a lot of late nights.
I flew to Vietnam with a used bicycle and met up with my boyfriend for the start of our bike tour. What originally started as a 3-month sabbatical, turned into a 10,000-mile ride all the way to Istanbul, Turkey. After riding for over two years, we decided to give the bikes a break and I’ve been travelling and working as an illustrator ever since.
My painting process always starts with looking through photos from my travels for inspiration. Whether its rice fields in Indonesia or wild camels in Mongolia, I never run out of things to draw. Most of my paintings are versions of an experience or a place I’ve travelled. So far I’ve been through 35 countries and painting is my way of keeping a visual journal, and a way for me to process all the new things I’m absorbing on a daily basis. Illustrating is a very solitary activity which forces me to sit and reflect on composing all the colors and images floating around in my head into a tangible object. I like to paint strong women doing adventurous things like biking, hiking and surfing – in a way I think I’m painting a bit of myself in every piece.