I currently reside on the island of Maui, Hawaii, but was raised both in the state of California and abroad, mostly Guatemala where I was born. I have always been an avid traveler, alive with a burning desire to continue to explore and discover. My passion is to convey incredible stories of human resilience and give a voice to those who don’t have one. I am an advocate in the preservation and conservation of the environment and all its wildlife.
From an early age, I was always surrounded by artists, musicians, and photographers where I was taught the value of creation. My first camera was a 35mm Kodak Ektralite and always remember carrying it around, later I learned the technique of developing my own film. I was intrigued by the process as images slowly revealed themselves in the darkroom. Excited to see how my vision came to light, I fell in love with the art of visual communication.
I started to take photography more seriously after attending the College of San Mateo. I was inspired by my fellow peers and encouraged by my professors. Although divided between my love of the ocean wanting to major in oceanography, I eventually decided to commit fully to the realm of visual arts. I was accepted to the Hussman School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where I earned a degree in photojournalism.
I have since worked for various non-profits including the Emergency Services Corps, supporting New Castle County fire departments in recruiting and retaining volunteer firefighters through visual communication. I freelanced throughout my years working on independent projects.
Following my passion has led me to where I am at today, I dedicate most of my time continuing my late husband’s legacy alongside the organization he founded, Pacific Whale Foundation, with a mission to protect the ocean through science and advocacy, and to inspire environmental stewardship. I am very proud of my latest project, A Voice for Whales, a film about our interconnectedness and the delicate balance we must sustain with the natural world. I am humbled and honored to have received so much recognition and support from all those around me.
I am looking forward to my next endeavor.