I am a midwest-based Japanese//Taiwanese-American illustrator and designer specializing in portraiture, watercolor, food illustration, and culture-centered storytelling. By visualizing narratives and illuminating concepts, I make art that fuels action. My work has been published in the LA Times, Eater Chicago, WBEZ Curious City Chicago, and Twin Cities Daily Planet.

I currently reside on land belonging to people of the Council of the Three Fires: the Odawa (Odawak), Ojibwe (Anishinaabeg), and Potawatomi (Bodéwadmik) nations, as well as many other indigenous nations, now known as Chicago.

I support black liberation, indigenous sovereignty, radical solidarity, wealth redistribution, and justice (rather than diversity). I enjoy working with clients and partners who share my values.


I am the recipient of the

  • Minnesota State Arts Board 2019 Cultural Community Partnership Grant
  • Minnesota Regional Arts Council 2019 Community Arts Grant
  • 2018 Jerome Emerging Artist Tofte Lake Residency
  • CURA Artist Neighborhood Partnership Grant 2017-2018

I am celebrating my first publication, When Everything Was Everything, written by Saymoukda Duangphoxay Vongsay (Oct 2018).

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