Here you can find some of artist profiles who are participating in Casa Na Ilha Residency Program. Keep checking as we will be adding artists over the next few weeks!





What if the sun cried? What if you were only 2 inches tall? 


Eva Samuels dives head first into these worlds of the unreal, aiming to spark introspection on the impenetrable truths that connect our wildly different  human experiences. 


Eva is a Brazilian, Jewish-American mixed-media artist born in South Florida bringing whimsy and unrestrained exploration of form to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her creative journey is shaped by themes of childlike wonder guided by classic principles instilled throughout her completion of a BFA at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Eva's reimagining of the bounds of reality is depicted across 2D and 3D mediums, with materials ranging from bronze to clay to pastels all portraying a careful dance between rawness and refinement.


In addition to experience across various styles of animation, Eva produces rich and layered soundscapes to further draw audiences into the imaginative realms she creates. Through these immersive viewing experiences; she offers an alternative perspective on what’s possible; a sentiment designed to break down the rigidity that underpins how we conduct our daily lives.  


Eva is currently using and expanding her skill set by working in collaboration with other scenic artists. Her personal practice will continue to weave pieces that invite the exploration of life, nature and human experiences, all the while embracing the endless boundaries of imagination. In the future, Eva aims to put together creative spaces for artists around the world to find community, collaborate, and showcase their work




Kevin Andrew Heslop (b. 1992) is a wandering polyvalence whose practice involves poetry, film, the visual arts, journalism, and theatre.


His first book, the correct fury of your why is a mountain, and curatorial debut, six feet | between us, appeared in 2021. In 2022, he founded a film company; and in 2023, he mounted his second art exhibition and released his directorial debut.







Sumner Brock is a painter, multi-media artist, and a graphic designer by trade. He is passionate about the intersection of community and creativity. He lives on a farm in the mountains of Southern Oregon. He has been featured in more than seven shows across Oregon and took part in an art residency outside of Bogotá, Colombia. He plays saxophone and is learning to play the banjo.








Ines Kaufmann (*1996) lives and works in Vienna. She is currently studying at the Academy of the Fine Arts in the Class extended painting expression of Daniel Richter. Her works thematize representations between figurative compositions and abstract play of colours. A game with the self and the collective body language defines itself playfully and humorously in their work process.

Compositions between collective pictorial sphere and animal abstraction. Body silhouettes look at each other, an encounter between eroticism and mythical origin of the natural. Between dirtiness and pureness, tenderness and dynamic structure, the boundaries of the images lie in the foreign, want to be. Closer to each other, closer to the self. Mythical moments between man, nature and life. The use of intermediate technique is a necessary item the way she works.











Victoria Chavez is a multi-media artist who dives into themes of spirituality, intellect, psychological behaviors, and mysticism. She has studies interior and graphic design. Her pieces often feature surreal and psychedelic imagery, which is imbued with spiritual symbolism and meaning. Through her art, Victoria aims to inspire others to explore the mystical and spiritual aspects of their own lives and to uncover mental and spiritual blockages that are stopping them from becoming their most happy and successful version of themselves.





Peter Musschenga is a Dutch multidisciplinary designer, artist and teacher. This year he celebrates 25 years of his graphic, web and spatial design studio. He often works on many different projects at the same time for various clients in the cultural, non-profit, governmental and commercial fields: from developing brands to designing and building sets or installations. 


In his designs he combines monumentality with attention to detail. Tactility, the influence of light, and perception are important themes in his work. Since a few years he teaches photography students, focusing mainly on artistic development.


Peters spatial work comprises a vast range of set designs, being an early adopter of automated scenery. In recent years the center of gravity has shifted from the theatre stage to public spaces for which he designs multimedia and exhibition installations and light art works. In 2021 his floating mirror installation won the London International Creative Competition. 


On Ilhabela Peter now likes to take some time to reflect on his work an dive into themes he has incorporated sideways in previous work: reflection, perspective shift, slow movement and floatation, by raising awareness and foster contemplation. He will study the different appearances of water(surfaces) on and around the isle as a basis for new (light) art works. 








Sara Perry-Din is an artist living and working in Mohkinstsis (Calgary, Alberta, Canada). They graduated with a BFA from the Alberta University of the Arts (AUArts) in 2020 with a degree in Jewellery and Metalsmithing. Since then Perry-Din has been focused on consistently making and selling jewelry and other small objects from her studio space. In their making process, Perry-Din observes a curiosity for materials, assemblages, sensations, touch, and intuitive ways of making.

They identify as a formalist, valuing craft processes to experiment with materials and form. They retool to reveal new ways of mark-marking and other sensory experiences. Scissors become vehicles for stones to clang together, shells become headphones, mark-making becomes language, and tools are alphabets. 






Jeanette is a Swedish artist, writer, interior decorator and ceramicist living in Stockholm and Bilbao. Her work is based on the serendipity that (might) happen when experimenting with various perspectives in one body; a body of text with levels of interpretation, subjective meanings or parts of words and languages creating something else. Her ceramic bodies often come in combined forms, textures, patterns and colors of clay. The interior decorations are phenomenological images, expressing subjective/objective emotional memories in a body of space.


The artistic flow and creativity is found in urban settings as well as nature environments, often dissected down to the details of ideas and objects that are taken for granted. Words are repeated, rewritten and relaunched by taking on a perspective that seems closer to its sense, the clay pieces often stems from animal- and vegetable characteristics taken into a new context whilst space is filled according to an idea that there is no need to kill any darlings as long as the tokens and nuances play together in their own right.


After media- and communication-, literature-, language- and culture studies, Jeanette was a pressperson for an EU-institution for a decade and has worked with home styling, paper design and with an own home brand. She has lived in various countries and dedicates herself to words, crafts and art with a special focus on playfulness and the meaning of aesthetical experiences in everyday life.





Samantha Sponer is an interdisciplinary artist and great advocate of the purple color. Hailing from the magical and mythical city of Las Vegas, of which stands on the rightful land of the Southern Paiute people, the city's influence is clearly evidenced in their work as their frivolous &  flamboyant color palettes often juxtapose the ways in which the content of their work interrogates systemic injustices. Living now on the East coast of the U.S. Samantha currently studies at Tufts University where they are soon to receive a Bachelors of Fine Arts and a Bachelors in Civic Studies. They have shown work in several colorful places including the Loyola Marymount University's student art gallery and a handful of Tufts student galleries for photography and printmaking. Samantha hopes to heal the world with art and shall continue working towards a more purple future. 


Mixed media including collage, photography, textiles, painting, scratching, eating, and otherwise living are the artist's main strategies when it comes to creation. The body and our emotions inform the majority of their art practice especially concerning the topics of desirability and fuckability. Discrimination on the basis of body is Samantha’s primary object of art making in the hopes that their work can serve to educate and sway the public to humanize fat bodies. In the near future, they hope to get their masters degree in the fine arts and transform the art world into a fat friendly space. 




Zimbabwe/New Zealand


I am an Artist and a teacher. I was born in Zimbabwe and was trained at Rhodes university in South Africa. I now live and work in New Zealand and I work in ceramics painting and printmaking. I tend to work in cycles and themes and at the moment I am working on a series of prints inspired by the story of the relationship between Achilles and Patroclus. I have been fascinated by finials which is the ornament at the top of buildings and how this narrative is a reflection of the culture of the place it is situated. I plain to travel around Europe for 4 months from May and document these finials on my journey. These drawings and photographs will result in ceramic work that I intend to make on my return to New Zealand. 




Kehinde Temitope Awoyele, female artist from Lagos, Nigeria.  A visual artist, a craftperson and all round creative individual. I owns a media company: Kennies Media Art located in the Central Business District of Lagos, Nigeria. Having more than 10 years’ experience working with clients from all works of life in solving their most difficult concepts, leveraging expertise in the field of visual arts, user experience while employing the best tool for the job.


I use digital graphical tools to bring ideas to life in the most convincing form possible. I see everything in their art form first before anything else. I create business promotional materials, souvenirs and help startup business owner to create eye-popping design for their business needs. I explore new creativity every moment and at every opportunity I get.

In the process of exploration, I started resin craft and working with epoxy resin among other medium, been a growing trend in the art world and using it to create keychains, wall murals, trays, ornament e.t.c.  make me see the other side of me in the creative journey.


CASA NA IIHA Art in Residency programe would help me keep in touch with the world outside my own where I will met with new peers and mentors and it will offer me time to think, space to work and peace of mind for my creative process. I will achieve a lot after the duration of my stay and it will be a memorable experience there.







Benedetta Giuidi was born im Rome the 03/09/93, she attended the Waldorf school, and the artistic high school of Ripetta in Rome, she continued her art studies at ArtEZ: the Academy of Fine Arts and design in Holland, after four years she goes back to Rome where she continues to paint and cultivates the other big passion for sport and dance, she becomes a sport teacher.
In 2020 she finishes a master in art management with the Sole 24h business school in Rome and start to work at the famous museum Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Modera for one year, at the moment she is a dance instructor and she makes art projects with paintings and performances.  Art and sport have helped her a lot to increase a sense of discipline and constancy.

art is research, it is a path of the soul, an awakening of the spirit, it is the answer to questions which in turn produce new ones. For me, art is like a symphony of senses, talking about art is
 like talking about love.






Heather Deyling is an artist whose current and ongoing body of work, the “Invented Hybrids” series, includes sculpture, installation, works on paper and glass. Her studio practice is inspired by research and observation of natural forms, eco-fiction and climate change. She earned an MFA in painting from Tyler School of Art, Temple University and a BFA from Kent State University. Deyling has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions across the United States. Recent exhibitions include a solo show at the Peninsula Museum of Art in Burlingame, CA and group exhibitions at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, San Jose, CA and the Wiregrass Museum of Art, Dothan, AL. Upcoming projects include solo exhibitions at Greenville Center for Creative Arts, Greenville, SC and Day and Night Projects in Atlanta, GA, as well as  two-person exhibitions at the Athens Institute for Contemporary Art, Athens, GA and 621 Gallery, Tallahassee, FL. Deyling lives and works in Atlanta. 






Frewuhn is a multidisciplinary artist immersed in expanding the ways we listen and expand through improvisation. She graduated from Fisk University with a B.A. in History, and Vanderbilt University with a Master of Theological Studies: Religion in the Arts in Nashville, TN. She utilizes performance as a “vehicle of benevolence,” applying it as process making/ tool shaping methodology.

It is within spaces of retreat and experimentation the process of her work evolves the material. During her time at Casa na Ilha, Frewuhn will rest and heal in nature, experiment with movement, field recordings and take the time to develop a theater of sound.






Brazil/ U.S.A



Beneath her amiable personality burns a fire to express life through art and dialog. Samantha da Silva (born 1978 Santos, São Paulo, Brazil) is a professional artist and educator living and working in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. 

Having traveled extensively and acquired (nearly) three citizenships, da Silva's paintings are a visual narrative of unrelenting feminine power and the exploration of the universal experiences of abandonment, heritage and the eternal sense of home. Against the remarkable backdrop of the American West - a place as fierce as it is exquisite - da Silva navigates her paintings with ritual, grace and quiet force.

Da Silva infuses her environment into her work using: iron-rich Utah dirt, salt from The Great Salt Lake, plaster, repurposed paint, metallic pigments and newspaper to create ethereal, textured abstracts.










Judith Klain began painting as a teenager when she attended New York City’s Cooper Union weekend program for high school students in 1975. After many years’ hiatus, (raising and fostering kids, working in public health and homelessness services, getting a Masters degree…life) she began painting again when she found a community of other artists at San Francisco Art Institutes Adult Continuing Education.


“I felt as if I my soul got re-awakened. The kinship and stimulation I get from my teacher and fellow cohort of artists makes it possible for me to consistently experiment and grow in my work.”


Judith works in oils, acrylics, pastels, cold wax and collage. Her paintings which are abstract and abstract figurative depict the unconscious and pre-verbal path of her life.  Her bold use of color and texture explode in emotion and vulnerability.


“The evolution of my work corresponds with my emotional and spiritual development. The arts have provided me the medium to resolve early traumatic experiences of which I have no words to express cognitively.  It is cathartic.”

Judith’s work is shown regularly at City Arts Gallery, an artist’s coop in St. San Francisco. You can also schedule an appointment to view her work at her studio.


 After retiring in 2016, Judith attended Tamalpa Institute and was certified as an Expressive Art Therapist. She works with clients one-on-one and is also available to do community workshops on relevant social and personal issues.


Art Heals!!!



While at Na Ilha Artist residency, Judith hopes to be inspired by the natural beauty, rhythm and life of the island and to incorporate that into her paintings and drawings. She is also hoping to collaborate with NGO’s through expressive arts to support social and personal causes through a joint yet to be determined artistic project.   





I explore the essence of our universe through amorphous figures made up of light and darkness. My current practice revolves around the relationship between physics, hermeticism, alchemy, and spirituality, focused on vibration, the spirit, and transcendence as dialogical concepts between the fields mentioned. I work mainly with abstraction in painting and printmaking as a means to represent what is outside of our sensible plane.


My interest in the similarities between Hermeticism and Quantum Physics is that they both look for the essential connections in the universe, one from a spiritual viewpoint and the other scientific.  I believe that it is essential for human beings to understand that we are all connected, and not just to each other but also to nature. The main problems that we face today as mankind is that we are not empathetic and respectful  to others and to the world we live in. man is not the center of this life, we are not superior beings, and we have to stop treating the world and the earth as something inferior to us, which has no apparent "consciousness". If we open our eyes and understand that we are all in essence the same we will treat our planet and all that lives within it with greater respect. We are intrinsically connected to every living being, and everything that exists.



This is what I seek to convey through the artistic representations that I will make during the residency. Through paintings and drawings. The series will continue a current exploration of representing "windows" to another reality, to the spiritual dimension of nature, to show that it is as alive as we are. 


Instagram @sofialrich









Alaia De Santis is a multi faceted London based artist. Alaia began her arts education at Hampstead Fine Arts, before moving on to study at the City and Guilds of London Art School. Alaia then went on to specialize in both print making at Parson School of Design and painting at the University of Arts London Camberwell. Alaia’s work explores the history of popular images and iconography through collage, film and painting. Her works touch on an uncanny kind of familiarity juxtaposed with commercial surreality.







PeiChin CHIANG was born in Taiwan, has lived in Singapore and India.

She is an essayist, fiction writer, and journalist responding to underrepresented people, social and labor issues in Asia. Her most recent writing is the post-memory about rites of passage in the form of prose: “Uncover the shell”. The book she wrote records the process and details of a traditional funeral in Taiwan and portrays the grief and condolence from the living, her, as a suicide survivor.
She also uses different media for creation, such as video and visual art installations. She once held an artist-in-residence exhibition in Matsu, Taiwan, and joint exhibition in the historic district of Bopiliao, Taiwan.
She works as a storyteller and communicator in the public and business world. She obtained a Global MBA, ESSEC Business School (École supérieure des sciences économiques et commerciales) from Singapore and France, Master and Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Chemistry from National Taiwan University.





I am the author of several books of poetry, including Impossible Object, which received the Tenth Gate prize from Word Works press. I am currently working on a manuscript of poems titled “Dry Spell,” which focuses on endangered species and disappearing ecosystems. For this book, I am trying to develop a poetics that can address the experience of living in the midst of a sixth extinction event, with dangerous weather and a destabilized environment. The manuscript includes a series of poems about endangered species, like the California grizzly and the Florida panther, and also place-based poems that explore the cultural and ecological history of endangered environments like the Salmon River estuary in Oregon and the Colorado river in Arizona. I have also been working on a series of poems about the 18th century Dutch/German artist and naturalist, Maria Sibylla Merian, whose most famous prints are based on her stay in Suriname. I am excited to learn about the flora and fauna of the area around Casa Na Ilha and have a first-hand encounter with some of the plants and creatures that appear in Merian’s images from Suriname, like the Blue Morpho butterfly in this print.





Samantha Morris was born in 1995 and grew up in Madison, Connecticut; she now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Morris graduated from The University of the Arts in 2017 with a BFA in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Painting and Drawing. In addition, she is continuing her graduate studies in the MFA Fine Arts program at Pratt Institute. Solo exhibitions include:  Kanna Rými, Listhús Gallery in Ólafsfjörður, Iceland; and BFA Thesis Exhibition, The Space Between, The University of the Arts. Selected group exhibitions include Black and White, Site:Brooklyn, Paperworks, b.j spoke gallery and Space Invaders, Fountain Street Gallery among others. Morris’ work has been published in FreshPaint Magazine, Opción Magazine, ArtMaze Magazine and Underground Pool.



“My large monochromatic graphite drawings and prints suggest the experience of an individual traveling through a space. Exploring place through architecture, interiors, and plant life, I am fascinated by the feeling of light and its stillness. Through the labor intensive mark-making process, internal light emerges from the work. By questioning both specificity and ambiguity, the work exists in the in-between.”





Adapting art as a way of living, I tend to immerse myself in unfamiliar environments, traveling through space like a nomad searching for a new oasis to live in. At the basis of this search is the creation and expansion of a visual language that compounds both conscious and subconscious visual experience, informed by the experience of diverse and unfamiliar cultural, lingual and architectural experiences.


A series of questions stem to mind during this research, what makes an art object? If intent is intrinsic to an art object, to what degree is making necessary? In the words of Joseph Beuys "every sphere of human activity, even peeling a potato can be a work of art as long as it is a conscious act," the idea being that every decision you make should be thought out and attempt to make or contribute to the formation of a work of art able to mirror the contemporary.  While intent appears to be key in generating art objects, the physical act of making remains an integral part of my practice.


Mixing gathered materials, mainly from natural sources such as rocks, plants and earth. The chemical reactions that occur when mixing these materials are recorded and constitute the painted surface. This search for materials took me to use blood as medium, recycling my biological waste of my monthly cycles, giving this condition a chance to get closer to femininity and my own body. 


Blood has been use throughout art history as a pigment, to make statements in relation to violence, gender equality, religion and the politics of menstruation. This in turn sparked the need to get closer to my body, inducing me to create a microscope constituted primarily of a web cam and a projector. I made a record of all the materials used through photographs and videos.


Through this research it became apparent that my interest in the corporal was intrinsic to nature, questioning the modes of display adopted in my practice. The traditional white neutral space felt limiting, pushing me to create and search for new ways of expression. Using sculpture, slide protectors, microscopes, photography, video, painting, found objects with the aim of creating installations, being more flexible and playful with space and my own ideas without limiting the making. Having the opportunity to be in a new space and environment I am hoping to to develop a new series of installations with what the place itself will give me. Making immersive spaces with objects, sculptures, and projected images and videos of the vast microscopic world that surround us.



Odilia Martinez-Falero Suanzes was born in 1993 in Madrid. She graduated from City & Guilds of London Art School in 2016, where she won The Board of Trustees Prize for an Outstanding Piece of Work in the Graduated Show. She was selected to do a residency at the Griffin Gallery just before finishing her degree and has been doing a number of residencies ever since, which nowadays is a big part of her practice and her artistic development. Odilia is part of the Brocket Gallery, where she has done a number of exhibitions in London and out of London.





During my artistic journey of self discover, the idea of identity and transformation  is present on all of my projects. It’s amazing to me how human beings are so adaptable and how never stop transforming ourselves during our life and even during death. We are innitely connected to the earth with our body, and to the universe with our mind or our soul. I like to think that when a body dies he is consumed by the earth and somehow we are born from the earth again. As many life beings, we are just passing by. We are only here by a short period of time, so our soul can learn from our actions and to grow. I’ve always studied and searched for philosophical theories about the process of transformation physically and psychologic of a body during life and how that affects our identity. Since we change so  many times through life, physically and psychologically, it’s inevitable to think that it’s at the moment when we take our last breath that we will nally know who we truly are, because we just spent the amount of time we had on this earth trying to discover it. But in another way, not everyone is lucky enough to get to the end of their lives and find peace. In this case I believe that knowing who I am, and what I’m capable of would bring the happiness and peace that we are all searching for, since there are no more doubts about our role on this Earth. So I started looking for philosophical theories about the theory of reincarnation and how this can be the only way for self discover, and a way to get to true happiness. With this in mind, and since the process of self discovery goes through communication with one another, the project that I would like to develop during my stay at Casa na Ilha is about the idea of memories that got lost in time and space. I pretend to develop a Photo Book where the idea is to search for the stories of self discovery of the habitants of the island, and how do they see their selves when it comes to their identity. I pretend to work with their personal archive, to know what stories made them who they are today and photograph that personal archive of theirs whether that would be photographs, letters, post cards, books… I want to know how they communicate with each other, which letters they wrote that never got delivered, what thoughts do they had that never had the chance to be heard, what text did they wrote to someone and never had the courage to share, the letters that keep memories, the love stories that got lost in time, and what is their perspective when it comes to identity, transformation and memory. Summing up, I want to photograph these memories and to do something that I’ve never done before on my journey as a visual artist. I want to do a documental Photo Book about these people and I hope to somehow find my own consolation on my personal search for my identity. I’m going to document the memories of the habitants, write about them and make my own photographic interpretation through self portraits.











Joe Ward is a visual artist based in Brooklyn, New York and the principal and creative director of Joe Ward LLC, a digital and communications strategy group in New York City. He studied design at George Washington University (Washington, DC) and painting at the New York Studio School Of Drawing, Painting, And Sculpture (New York, NY). Using an abstract approach, Joe creates work with oil paint, acrylics, drawing, and digital.







United Kingdom



I have lived in Britain my whole life, mainly in London. I am a full time practising artist, dividing my time between making personal work and also commercial work to pay the bills. Last year I was extremely lucky to have my first solo show at T J Boulting gallery in London, and to get the opportunity to photograph the musician Bjork - who was attracted to my visceral aesthetic. After a busy year I am focusing on meeting other artists, creating stronger ideas, developing my practice and travelling as much as possible. When I travel I am particularly drawn to Latin America, there is an energy there that really appeals to me and inspires my work.

When I travel, it is not the overall grand landscape scenes I am attracted to photograph - they do not even tempt me. I am drawn in by the smaller details that I believe are the true character & story in a place - wether that be a city, a jungle, a forest, a junk yard, a beach. Details like the flies & insects on rotten fruit, the rubbish left behind, the language of food and consumption, the human mark left behind on nature. 

The everyday is what inspires me. What others see as mundane or disgusting, I am drawn too and use these to transform my surroundings, creating a semi faux reality. I have mostly done this in a studio set up, but following a residency in Columbia earlier this year, where I truly felt travelling helped me completely lose my ego & sense of self, I am more inspired to continue travelling & created these faux realities in a true setting - romanticising real places, people, objects whilst staying true to their natural core. 


During this residency I would like to expand on these ideas (our relationship with food, waste and nature), but within the amazing setting of Brazil. I aim to make larger scale images, using fauna I would have no access to here in the U.K. I want to bring my studio set ups into real life.




Growing up in California has an enormous amount of value in my life. From the way I treat my coastlines, encounter a variety of big cities filled with many different cultures, and through the movements of skateboarding, surfing, and street art. In California I am lucky enough to have been shaped with so much diversity in order to preserve qualities of life that are so challenged in today's forecast. Within each of those aspects, the speed of modern life gives me adrenaline to use creative linework through the culture that I've lived with for many years with confident decision making and control. Obsessed with a variety of fearless application, I also commit to slow the brush and downshift through moments using charcoal, oils, acrylics, graphite, and ink. If I hesitate, the action won't feel genuine because hesitation kills.


Inspired by the optically rebellious artistic attitudes that exist between Futurism, Abstract Expressionism, and even Impressionism, my mixed Native American and Mexican heritage is expressed through primitive mark-making and primordial elements. Imagery redefines direct experiences and real time intimacy. People-watching and unapologetic sexual expression are central to my artistic lust by investigating masculine and feminine interaction. I process real life situations then unleash artistic fascinations through rapid painterly gesture. Now affirming that the world has been enriched by a new form of beauty: the beauty of speed.


I went to California State University, Long Beach for undergraduate BFA in Drawing and Painting, while currently receiving my MFA in Painting at San Francisco Art Institute. From a very observational training in painting to a less graphic and more candid painting process has evolved over the last 5 years. I wanted to make visible the process of searching and essence in every mark accessible in which I cared so much about. Investigative approaches has taught me how to preserve color integrity and understand painting in more of the present moment.


To connect more please visit my website: www.chasenwolcott.com


Or go to my Instagram: @poursauce




U.S.A – South Korea


I take photographs. I am inspired by stillness, nature, music, relationships and the complexity of everyday life. I am an art educator and a yoga teacher. I am interested in the spiritual, meditation, ritual and prayer. In my time in Brazil, I plan to document the magical vibrations of the Brazilian jungle. My response will focus on my direct relationship to my surroundings, through meditative practice, visceral sensation and spirit guidance. Nature has the capacity to enchant and reveal deep truths and healing wisdom within us. It is my goal to listen to this communication and create photographic stories. I hope my proposed body of work will reveal a sense of love, nurture and light.

My background is in painting, photography, education and dance. I studied at Black Hills State University in Spearfish South Dakota, Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, Indiana and received my Art Education K12 teaching license as well as Master in Art Curriculum at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. I am passionate about the creative process being a source of healing and therapy for all people. I have been a yoga practitioner for the past 15 years and consider my practice a critical part of my growth and experience in life. Currently, I live and work in Jeju Island, South Korea and have been here for the past 5 years.





South Korea


I enjoy walking with light and soft steps and observing the neighborhood like an urban wanderer. Using objects and situations captured in such a time as a subject matter, I am developing daily stories and ideas following one after another. Besides, I am writing down stories on a city and its culture with images created based on color pencil drawing and oil painting.



Graduated from a Dept. of Painting & Printmaking, College of Art & Design, Ewha Womans University, and took a master’s degree in the graduate school of the same university, majoring in painting and printmaking. Had 5 solo exhibitions beginning from the one at Space 15th(Seoul, Korea) including Pickled Art Unit One(Beijing, China), and participated in many large-scaled domestic and foreign group exhibitions. Joined in many exchange exhibitions with Chinese artists, particularly, starting from a residence program by Beijing Creation Studio, Kwangju Museum of Art in 2011. Also participated in the Canadian project exhibition called (DA BAO)(TAKE OUT) from 2012 to 2014 as the only Korean artist.