I am an artist based in Alameda, CA. As a child, my favorite activity was taking watercolors into the woods to paint trees. I also put up signs written in crayon around town offering my skills as an art teacher. Throughout my life themes of identity, environment and culture have fueled my curiosity and driven my creative process.
During my studies at LIU- Global College, I began to develop my artistic voice studying in Kenya, Costa Rica, Panama and Americus, Ga. I also taught art, math and English to youth in Nairobi, studied the African Diaspora in Central America and helped create a youth library.
I studied painting at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), where I focused my work on my personal racial and cultural heritage, traveling to Norway for research. My goal was the answer the question, “What does it mean to be a white person?”. Shows include Import/Export at Chicago’s Womanmade Gallery, Postcards to New York at Columbia University in New York and my MFA thesis, “Heidi’s Hauswares” in Georgia.
In 2001, I moved to the San Francisco Bay area, where I worked for AmeriCorps in Oakland, organizing the creation of a mural collaborating with community groups in the Fruitvale community. I worked at Leadership High School from 2004 - 2010 as an art teacher. I have worked at Albany High, Unity HIgh and am currently the art teacher at Island High in Alameda, CA.
I became an artist-in-residence at the Red Cinder Creativity Center in Hawaii in 2006. I returned to East Africa (Ethiopia) in 2007 to study native crafts and contemporary works. Through the San Francisco Foundation Artist Fellowship program I traveled to Ghana in the summer of 2008 to study printmaking. In 2009, I studied printmaking at the Graff stuidio in Montreal. In 2017, I completed my Integrated Learning Specialist training through Alameda County Office of Education with focus on art and youth self empowerment.
Solo shows in the Bay Area area include In the Moment at the Alameda Main Library, WASP at MoJoe Cafe (Berkeley), Where I Stand at Cafe La Flor (San Francisco), Incidental Memories at Spellbinding Tales (Alameda), Shoe Show at the Grand Lake Community Center (Oakland), and Ship Paintings Artship (Oakland).