Although I am based in Manhattan, my heart has always belonged to the mountains, flowers, and enchanted forests. As a child, I grew up hooked on Grimms’ fairytales and Jack London novels, and my first exposure to “art” was seeing my father doodle absent-mindedly while on business calls (his doodles were actually quite good). From an early age on, I never left the house without my personal trinity of a book to read, paper, and a pen with which to draw.
My parents immigrated from Thailand to Baltimore, where I was born and raised. They came with just one black Samsonite suitcase, and only a handful of personal relics: a bolt of handwoven ikat fabric that belonged to my grandmother, some intricately carved Buddha amulets, a few letters written in foreign script. For a while, these were some of the only links I had to my ancestry. With no photos to guide me, my mind was free to imagine the history behind these objects, and what my parents’ lives had been like before moving. My fondness for found objects and all things vintage is directly rooted in this, and I often incorporate bits of antique papers, trims, and other reclaimed materials in my mixed media work. It is my way of acknowledging and honoring the past that has brought us here, regardless of whether we know the full story behind it.
After earning my Masters of Science in Journalism from Columbia University, I went on to study design and illustration at the Fashion Institute of Technology. I fell in love with rock climbing, and logged in many exhilarating hours in the Gunks and the northeast, as well as a few other countries. This longtime love for outdoor adventure and the natural world is the main source of inspiration behind my personal work, and to this day, my husband (scientific artist Jason Brougham) and I love to get outside every chance we can.
Whether it’s climbing the limestone cliffs of Krabi, kayaking the Hudson River, or just strolling in our local Inwood Hill Park looking at birds, I paint and draw simply to commemorate these special places, experiences, and the nature observed along the way. In the same way that a single moment can only exist within the greater blanket of time, I enjoy recontextualizing these personal memories into larger, pattern-like compositions — an attempt to express the singular universal. Hopefully I can inspire others to take greater interest in protecting our home, this natural world to which we are inextricably connected; at the very least, I hope to make you pause and smile.
LICENSING + COMMISSIONS
In addition to creating my personal projects, I also work as a commercial artist in a variety of fields. I am adept with a wide range of media, including oil, gouache, watercolor, graphite, charcoal, and ink. I also practice everything from printmaking, to sewing and needle arts, to stop-motion animation. My paintings have been commissioned and licensed for display in hotels across the country, and I particularly love working with fine art consultants and interior design studios to provide original custom art packages. I also enjoy creating illustrations (both hand-rendered and digital) for a variety of markets, from social media content, to editorial, book publishing, advertising, textile and surface design, and more.
Whether your project is large or small, I am committed to getting you what you need, on time and within budget, and communicating clearly with you throughout the process. If you are interested in licensing an existing piece, commissioning new work, or collaborating on a special project, please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and I would be delighted to discuss.