I am an enthusiastic mix of biologist
and artist. While building the career in pharmaceutical industry, I
pursued my creative interests as well. That included studying
printmaking, 2D design, photography, ceramics, jewelry design and
My work is a joyful reflection of the forms and colors around us. I want to capture the fleeting exuberance of flowers, beauty of ornate textiles in a composition, decadent urban decay, and people being in their environment. There are no restraints, only a happy mess of colorful patterns surrounding interesting objects, a person, or an occasional critter.
In 2012 I opened Small Joys Studio and Gallery. It is a creative working
space as well as a gallery that hosts pop-up exhibitions and shows
featuring work of guest artists.
Growing up in an artistic family, I had strong support for creativity. I
watched my grandmother sew gorgeous ballroom gowns for me, and then helped Mom
to embroider them with seed beads and sequins. I loved to sit quietly at my
father’s studio as he drew and painted in his spare time.
the woods and my parent’s garden in my early years, I developed a keen
appreciation for the incredible diversity of nature, which became my
As a research scientist, I feel that my professional experience
and my art are closely intertwined. Many of my design ideas come from way back
and are rooted in studies I had done even as a student. In the end it all came together and prompted the search
for creative outlets throughout my life and career in science.
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