My motto is... "Bet on yourself".

My earliest memory is... my early childhood in the Philippines. I was a very happy child.

At school I... was the intense studious one with her head in the books. I topped all of my classes and excelled in debating and public speaking competitions. Somehow this dedication didn’t carry on to my University years.

My first relationship was... imaginary. Somehow I fall in love more easily with fictional characters than I do in real life. Living in an imaginary world is probably what enables me to draw.

When I was a child I wanted to... be a paeleontologist. Then an actor. Then an artist. Then a lawyer. I guess the artist won.

I am inspired by... people. I enjoy watching and studying people’s faces. I am also inspired by movies and places. My iPod is filled with movie soundtracks and songs that remind me of particular cities I’ve been to and the moods/memories they ilicit. I listen to them as I draw.

My favourite artists are... Michaelangelo. I am in awe of his intimate understanding of the human body, particularly of the male form. I am inspired by the works of Alphonse Mucha, Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele. I love the aesthetics of the Art Nouveau movement and strive to incorporate elements of it into my work. In terms of contemporary illustrators, I admire the works of Marguerite Sauvage, Stina Persson and Audrey Kawasaki.

I like to work with... I used to scan hand drawings into Photoshop and colour them digitally. The past year has been somewhat of a 'lost year' for me, where I've been developing my hand rendering techniques. I am currently experimenting with colour pencils and ink on brown paper. I like the natural tones and highlights created by the brown paper. This medium may not be the most sophisticated or expensive, but that's what I like. I think art is a means of expressing what cannot be put into simple words or gestures, through whatever means one has available. You shouldn't have to have fancy materials to create art.

The book that changed my life is... 'The Communist Manifesto' by Karl Marx which I read in uni, and 'The Agony and the Ecstacy' by Irving Stone. There's a great line in it which says, "One should not become an artist because he can, but because he must".

The actor that would play me in a movie of my life is... Amanda Bynes. The way she played her character in ‘She’s The Man’ would be just fine.

The greatest moment of my life was... being in Berlin to watch the Germans play in the quarter-final against Argentina during the 2006 FIFA World Cup. I was 19 and it was my first time overseas without my parents. The city was beautiful, the people were lovely and the atmosphere was electric. It felt like the world was my oyster.

I am happiest when... everything feels like its falling into place - in life and in art.

My guiltiest pleasure is... illustrating to Spanish guitar music with the windows wide open in the middle of a work day while everyone I know is stuck in an office. The perks of working from home.

My greatest fear is... not being able to draw.

I'm very bad at... numbers.

My prized possession is... my family. My parents and my brother are the best support system anybody could ask for. With them in my corner, I feel like I can achieve whatever I want to achieve.

It’s not fashionable, but I love... collecting my favourite footballer’s jerseys and wearing them on matchdays with the convoluted hope that it will somehow help them to score/win the game. I currently live in my (Bayern Munich’s) Mario Gomez jersey.

My worst trait is... my stubborness and my fiery temper. I’m a Leo.

My best trait is... also my stubborness - when I really want something, I go for it.

The hardest thing I have ever done was... walk away from a financially secure job to pursue illustrating.

I relax by... reading a good book. I love getting lost in fiction.

What I don’t find amusing is... discrimintation of any kind. We’re all in this together so why can’t we all just get along?

If I could live anywhere, it would be... alternating between Tasmania, Berlin and New York City.

I often wonder... how my life would have turned out had I chosen to study business or law instead of design.

You haven't lived until... you are fully content with what you have.


EXHIBITS

In-store artist feature 2011 - Lacoste L!VE Concept Store, The Galleries Victoria, Sydney CBD

"Party For Poverty" 2009 Charity Art/Fashion Show- Cargo Bar, Sydney

"International Women's Week" 2009 All Female Art Exhibit - Art Moment Gallery, Bondi Beach

"Love Moments" Valentine's Day 2009 Art Exhibit - Art Moment Gallery, Bondi Beach

DSGN08 UTS Graduation Fashion Show/Art Exhibit - University of Technology, Sydney