I always loved art. It’s always something that’s been in my back pocket. It started with doodling and sketching, mostly. When I was a teenager, I actually applied and got into an art high school, but I never wound up graduating. It was later, when I attended the Studio Diploma program at Tufts, that I got back into it. That’s when I started taking it seriously and knew I wanted to make it my career.

Much of my work can best be described as juxtaposition, where cartoons interact with real-life figures to explore themes of sexuality, exploitation, and societal preconceptions.

My inspiration really comes from my feelings. When I’m in love or frustrated or sad, it’s important to be able to work through those feelings—to harness that energy and put it down on canvas.

The biggest thing that has evolved in my art over the years is my ability to say what I want to say on the canvas more precisely, to more accurately express myself. When you start as an artist, you’re like an infant, and you don’t really know how to talk yet. Years of showing my work and seeing what other people are seeing have really developed how I do that.