From the time that I was a young girl I’ve had an eye for beauty, a desire to help others, and a passion for creative expression. Helping people live more balanced and joyful lives has brought my work into alignment with who I am.

Watercolor
Watercolor
My art training started in the first grade when I learned to blend primary colors using watercolor paints on wet paper. As I developed an understanding of how colors mix, my understand of color energetics developed as well. The vibrancy of the primary colors captivated and thrilled me. As I advanced through grade school, my artistic talents blossomed as I explored different mediums and new ways of illustrating the increasingly complex subject matter.
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Blood Circulation Diagram
In junior high I continued to hone my artistic talents with advanced art classes where I refined my pen and ink illustration work and learned more about graphic communication and printing processes.
ear-illustration
Ear Illustration
By the time I entered high school, I had sharpened my eyes and ears to the world around me and was eager to enroll in photography classes so that I could share my view of the world with those around me. With my camera in hand, I became engrossed in finding beauty in the mundane. In the darkroom, I would loose track of time, consumed with the craft of developing photographs, counting the seconds for the images emerge, and playing with exposure, contrast, and silvering techniques.
Black+White
Black+White Portrait

In collage, I continued to refine my photography skills with advance coursework and started to do some freelance event photography for theatrical productions, events, and weddings. While in college, I applied my art and design background to a degree in architecture. I excelled at technical drawing, composition, modeling, and bringing the aesthetics of beauty to the functionality of space. After a year abroad to study the classics in Italy, I began to focus my study on urban spaces and the design of outdoor environments. My thesis project included an in depth study of the genius loci of Catania, Sicily, and culminated an urban renewal project focused on enhancing the pedestrian experience along a path linking the main train terminal to downtown Catania.

Thesis Cut Away
Thesis Cut Away

My thesis project launched me into a career in architecture where I focused on combining beauty with form, function, and sustainability to enhance the human experience. With a passion for sustainable living, I quickly became an advocate for selecting green products and materials and spent time researching sustainable methods of construction.

Yemegnushal CC
Yemegnushal Community Center, Ethiopia – World Family Organization

In 2002, I narrowed my architecture focus to work exclusively on community-based projects such as libraries and community centers where I felt I could make a profound impact on community development and social dynamics. In 2004, I became a LEED Accredited Professional, and started to focus exclusively on designing green community-based projects.

Mayfair
Mayfair Community Center, San Jose

In 2009, I enrolled in the Golden Gate School of Feng Shui to learn the ancient art of feng shui, deepen my connection with nature, and refresh my senses that had become dulled by working in front of a computer for 10 years. My training in classical feng shui strengthened my design fundamentals and reinforced my core belief that we are happiest when living in harmony with our environment.

In 2010 I founded Harmonious Home to help my clients reconnect with nature, and transform their living and working environments into places of beauty, inspiration, and prosperity. I work with each client in an open, non-assuming manner to understand their goals and objective, make recommendations that work with their lifestyle, and support them through the feng shui implementation process.

My passion is to help people find creative ways to live in harmony with their environment.

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