Dreams really do come true

This is Apache. He's a handsome 16hh painted thoroughbred with a love for speed and anything he can get his cute fuzzy lips on :) We first met 3 months ago when I told my trainer that I was interested in leasing, and it's been an amazing ride (pun intended!) ever since. In that short amount of time I've learned so much about horsemanship and what it means to be a balanced and responsible rider, and I feel so lucky to be able to call this guy my partner in crime. 

My love for horses started when a close family friend placed me on top of her horse when I was two, and I've been riding every chance I get since. I was one of those little girls who was obsessed with horses, and 28 years later I can truly say that not all girls grow out of the pony phase! Leasing and developing a close relationship with a single horse is something I've always dreamed of, but I don't think I was really ready to take on such a responsibility until now, and my patience has totally paid off. I'm very proud of our progress so far and can't wait to see how far we can go together. You'll definitely be seeing more of this guy in future posts!

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Meet Lola!

I am the proud mama of little Lola, a giraffe who seems strangely happy about having arrows stuck in her cute little butt. It's a mystery as to how they ended up there! Lola is special because not only is she the first toy I've ever painted, but she's also the first painting I've done in over a decade... and she's my first show entry ever!

A little background: I'm a (fairly avid) collector of vinyl, especially dunnies, and love seeing how artist turn the same basic molds into completely unique pieces full of personality. So when I was invited to participate in ONE OF ONE: The World's Greatest Custom Toy Show, I knew I wanted to customize an existing soft vinyl mold. I ended up walking out of Dick Blick with a Raffy in hand and quickly sketched out a vintage character inspired by the Disney Silly Symphonies of my childhood (particularly Elmer Elephant).

My favorite part about the creative process is watching an idea evolve as I bring it to life. I often end up in a completely different place than I had originally intended... What started as a black and white graphic style turned into rendered fur in complimentary colors, and then turned into a black and cream rendered giraffe. And so it evolved...

 She turned out way better than I imagined, and that's in big thanks to help from KMNDZ and idea bouncing with family and friends. Meet her in person at the show in the dA Gallery in Pomona. You're going to see a ton of incredible work, and I'm honored to be included in this incredible experience!

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ONE OF ONE: World's Greatest Custom Toy Show

It's been an honor to not only be friends with and constantly inspired by artist Johnny "KMNDZ" Rodriguez, but to also be invited to participate in his first ever curated show, ONE OF ONE: THE WORLD'S GREATEST CUSTOM TOY SHOW! While KMNDZ is a traditional canvas/wall painter, he's recently become a huge fan of customizing vinyl toys and so was inspired to create the theme of this show. 50 artists will be showcasing their interpretation of what a toy is. The show will be open from June 14th - July 26th. I hope to see you there!

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OPENING: Saturday June 14th, 2014 (during the Second Saturday Art Walk)

WHERE: dA Center for the Arts • 252 South Main Street, #D, Pomona, CA 91766

ARTISTS: 64 Colors, Alice Yeh, April Elliott, Attaboy, Axis, AX2, BLAMO, Bob Dob, Bryn Perrott, Camille Rose Garcia, Catcult, cikcuk, Codak, Defer, devNgosha, DrilOne, Ekundayo, Elizabeth McGrath, Erik Siador, Fr. Bill Moore SS. CC., Gabbie Custom Art, Germs, Graham Curran, Gris Grimly, Jill Ricci, Joe Scarano, Jophen Stein, Juan Thorp, Kingsley, KMNDZ, Leecifer, Marco Zamora, Mari Inukai, Max Kauffman, Mike Maxwell, Miss Mindy, N.C. Winters, PARIS, Phidias Gold, Rick O'Brien, Rusty Jordan, SpankyStokes, Super Cooper Berella, TAG, Tasha Zimich, Terror Visual 1984, The French Fury, Tom Pathe, Urban Medium, and Yoskay Yamamoto.

Logo designed by KMNDZ. Flyer designed by yours truly.

Welcome to my new site!

It's been a long time coming, but I've finally updated my site which, for the first time ever, includes a blog. I'm very excited about this :)

This was supposed to be a new year's resolution sort of thing, but sometimes a little late really is better than never. I'm hoping to do a much better job of updating content to reflect fun stuff I've been up to and projects I've been working hard on. So check back regularly to see the latest and greatest, and if you don't see any updates for awhile, call me out on it! 

See you soon :)

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