Living a Creative Life Abroad

Here's a bit about what I do

Fine Art and Illustration Fine Art and Illustration

In 2010, I graduated from Pratt Institute with a BFA in Art Education, and a minor in Painting and Art History. I also studied Fine Arts for a semester at the Korean National University of Arts in Seoul. Art is my greatest passion, and travel and life abroad have only amplified my creativity and exposed me […]

Travel and Teaching Travel and Teaching

Over the past few years, I’ve had many opportunities and privileges to travel and teach abroad. Currently, I’m a Peace Corps volunteer in La Boquilla, a community located north of Cartagena, Colombia. In the Peace Corps, I co-plan and co-teach in high school English classes, create English curriculum, teach adult community classes, lead an English […]

Writing and Photography Writing and Photography

I shot this photo in my old neighborhood in Seoul, loving the contrast of the clothing and the tag and how it highlights the rapid changes taking place in Korean society.    I’m a storyteller. I talk a lot. But when I’m by myself, I use my camera and keyboard to document my stories on this […]

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Maps and Markers: Manzanillo del Mar

Maps and Markers: Manzanillo del Mar

Posted by on Oct 29, 2014 in Americas, Colombia, Sketches | 2 Comments

A map of Manzanillo del Mar, located north of Cartagena Manzanillo del Mar is a small pueblo located on the beach just beyond La Boquilla, the community where I live and work. In La Boquilla, 10,000 residents live on a narrow strip of land, but in Manzanillo, there are only 500. (To draw my map, I […]

High School Photography Camps in La Boquilla and Manzanillo del Mar

High School Photography Camps in La Boquilla and Manzanillo del Mar

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in Americas, Colombia, Photography | No Comments

This past month, my Peace Corps neighbor Francis and I led two photography camps at our sites, encouraging groups of 15 motivated students to reflect on two important themes: family roots and the meaning of hope. Francis and I both live north of Cartagena; she lives in Manzanillo del Mar, a tranquil pueblo of 500 people, and I […]

Maps and Markers: Castillo San Felipe de Barajas

Maps and Markers: Castillo San Felipe de Barajas

Posted by on Oct 24, 2014 in Americas, Colombia, Musings, Sketches | No Comments

[This post is the first in a series called, "Maps and Markers," illustrating a specific place on the coast of Colombia with a hand drawn map, marker and pen sketch, photos, and a short story about my experience or relation to that place.] Exactly a year ago, when I received my Peace Corps site placement in […]

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