What five words best describe you?

Introspective, self-critical, conscientious, observant, tall

What’s the best lesson you’ve learn’t along the way?

Don’t go into business with friends.

What’s been your best decision?

Marrying my husband Mark.

How did you get your career start and what path have you taken since?

I have been an artist since childhood, but was discouraged from pursuing art as a career. I took classes when I could, but it wasn’t until I started working on a contract basis that I was able to carve out the time and mental space to paint and sculpt seriously. I started working in papier-mâché when I moved to LA in 2006 and haven’t stopped since.

Who inspires you?

I was inspired to make papier-mâché art by the Linares family. If you haven’t already, check out the life-sized Don Quixote calavera on his skeleton horse at The Fowler Museum at UCLA.

Andy Goldsworthy’s Rivers and Tides is so beautiful, it makes me cry.

I’m also a huge fan of Theo Jansen’s Strandbeests.

What is your favorite room in the house? 

The garden. I spend more time outside than in, weather permitting. If I have to choose a room inside, it would be the bedroom. It’s big, uncluttered and airy.

Name five of your favorite things that you live with daily.

Coffee, a good novel, a view of the garden and birds at the feeder, quiet time, sunshine (can’t go too many days without it).