I've always expressed myself creatively and loved working with my
hands, so i suppose it makes sense that sculpture was the first art
form that really resonated with me. Growing up I was influenced
by the dramatic California landscapes I grew up in, between the
mountains and the coast, the elements of form, movement, and
texture were my constant inspiration.
To me, the arc of any creative professional needs to be about
growth, refining your artistic vision and finding your own unique
voice. As I outgrew the challenges of manipulating static form, I
eventually started sculpting nature itself by designing and creating
environmental living spaces to convey a certain reaction, or
experience. In sculpting a concept from nature, I discovered the
excitement and challenge of working with living, growing material as
the subject of my work, and it was a creative revelation.
Demand for my meditation spaces led me to create my first company,
Pagoda Design, where I learned to consider light, maintenance, and
color to create works that were aesthetically pleasing, functional
and successfully embodied the client's vision, while also learning to
communicate my artistic vision to the client.
Working with clients to create sanctuaries, places for them to rest and
contemplate was a powerful step for me, because for the first time,
I realized how much I truly enjoyed helping other peoples' ideas of
beauty come to fruition.
The next phase of my creative journey was actually introduced
at the suggestion of a fellow artist and client, who's instinct that
personal/hair design, (essentially sculpting a living, growing human
environment) was a direction that would be a natural extension of
what i was already doing. Her request that i try creating a vision
for her hair style opened the door to a new medium for me, and
I soon became so excited about personal design that i sold my
environmental design company, completed cosmetology school, and
went on to apprentice with Bradford Vinson, Jeanna Mills and John
This was great ground floor experience to the medium as they've
all owned their own salons, been educators for Wella and Bumble
and Bumble, and worked as platform artists. As teachers, they set
an exacting standard of excellence and galvanized my passion for
working with hair.
I really felt that the salon was the place where all my passions came
together and resonated the most truth. In cutting and styling hair, I
have found a calling that is the ultimate expression of all my gifts, and
embodies my love for working with my hands, my passion for creating
beauty, as well as my desire for helping people to realize their own
aesthetic visions, and simply look and feel better about themselves.
I have been fortunate enough to work with some of the most talented
people in the business, and in my current work with Oribe in Miami,
both as a salon stylist, and now also as a member of the elite team of
Oribe stylists that travels regularly to Milan and Paris to do hair for the
Fashion Week shows, I have the great privilege of learning from one
of the most original and internationally recognized creative talents in
I truly love what i do - I hope you like what you see, and I look forward to working with you.