As a biracial, bisexual woman with a passion for women's soccer and tech, I create and design art that reflects my unique perspective and experiences. Through programs like Adobe Creative Suite, Figma, and Procreate, I explore themes of identity, community, and positive impact.
My work is inspired by women who are independent and fearless, who embody the strength and "I am a goddamn cheetah" mentality. For my day job, I devote hours of care and attention to designing mobile first engagement solutions for organizations who are dedicated to giving back to community (non-profits and churches). I am drawn to projects that center on positive change and uplift local communities. I strive to be a positive influence in the tech community and to create more opportunities for queer women of color in design, leadership, and UI/UX. By doing so, I hope my skills and creativity can make a meaningful difference in the world.
When I'm not designing, I find inspiration by watching women's soccer and cheering for the OL Reign, the home team in Seattle. About 5 years ago, my now wife introduced me to soccer through our first date to a NWSL championship game in Portland. What struck me while attending was an overwhelming sense of community and representation championed by skill and athleticism. Aside from soccer, I am also inspired by shows like Legend of Korra and She-Ra because they remind me of the power of storytelling, imagination, and representation.
Outside of work, I am recently married to my wife Cara (she/her) and we have a beloved dog named Phineas. They provide me with the endless love and support I need to continue pursuing my passions of excellence, creativity, and making a difference. Being selected for the Creator Class would be a huge badge of honor, a validation of the meaningful work I strive to create. Joining this community would be a powerful encouragement to continue pursuing my passions in a creative career and making my mark in the world one pixel at a time.
THE LOVE OF WOMEN'S SOCCER
As a bisexual woman of color who enjoys creative practices such as design, illustration, and storytelling, I appreciate the power and inspiration that comes from watching women's soccer and women's sports in general.
Women's sports have traditionally been undervalued and underrepresented in the media and society, despite the incredible skill and talent that female athletes possess. As a result, when I watch women's soccer, I feel a sense of pride and empowerment. I see a group of fierce and dedicated athletes who are defying societal expectations and stereotypes, and instead, are paving their own paths to success.
In addition to the empowering nature of women's sports, I also appreciate the sense of community and camaraderie that comes from supporting a team. Whether I'm watching a game with friends at Rough & Tumble or attending an event in person at Lumen Field, there's a sense of connection and belonging that comes from sharing a passion for the same team and the same sport.
Overall, women's sports are a powerful reminder of the resilience and strength of women, and a testament to the importance of representation and inclusion. Watching women's soccer and supporting female athletes brings me joy and inspiration, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this amazing community.
Illustrations by Katie Baumheckel featuring Lauren Barnes, Phallon Tullis-Joyce, Rose Lavelle and Megan Rapinoe.