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Purpose

Making art for the greater good.

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My reason for painting is to bring people closer to the natural world which surrounds us.

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After the first year of becoming a muralist,

 

I received news that I'm on the list of individuals who might create one of the world's most giant murals in Sacramento, CA! The budget would range from $250,000 to-1 million dollars. The goal is to create a mural more massive than 100 semi-trucks as a team effort between leading female artists.

Although I may participate in this fantastic opportunity, I've realized murals are not my purpose. Instead, I believe my job is to create art that influences people to take better care of our planet.

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Therefore, between 2022-2023 I'll be illustrating a landmark book. Until completed, I'd be robbing humanity of an important lesson.

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The most important thing I've learned...

is to ignore the fear-based chatter of those who mean well and trust intuition. After college, I began working for the world's most comprehensive study of children with autism as a research coordinator. My family was proud, and colleagues reminded me of my fortune because the lab I was working in had an international reputation.

Yet, following a linear path felt wrong. I wondered what life would look like if I dared to live it on my terms. Then I began weighing decisions from the perspective of my deathbed and realized the most significant risk is living an unfulfilled life.


 

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The first months after trading security for the uncertainty of being an artist, I'd wake up at 2:00 AM gasping for air! It felt like throwing the past six years of my life away.

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Although it was a frightening shift,

 

it was an incredible lesson in calming internal anxiety about future unknowns. Now that I'm ready to make a second pivot into bookmaking, I'm less afraid because excellence gets noticed.


The desire to make a book stems from two things that create a unique perspective. First, growing up as a farmer on a rural 20-acre property gives me a form of dying knowledge as society becomes increasingly urbanized. Second, I have Synesthesia, and the chances of having its advanced forms are 1% in the adult population.

These combined insights make it my duty to invent a series of monumental images regarding the climate crisis.