I am an illustrator based in Los Angeles. I thrive on moody narratives, which I either come across in readings or write myself.
I have always found strength in stories and characters I could relate to. From them, I could learn a little about the type of person I did or did not want to be. I learned about outcomes. I learned that a problem never affected just one person. But in addition to being stories about real life problems, my favorite shows, books, and games always had some sort of fantastic element. If there was a way for some sort of magic to happen in that particular universe, I'd apply it to myself. I'd be the character I invested so much time in reading, playing as, or watching. But I'd also be a little more than just Hillary. I felt more equipped to handle the things that were thrown at me.
My work is narrative. I like to build a story on the foundation of a visceral detail. It could be quiet, like the markings on a caterpillar. Maybe something as jarring as a nightmare. I draw from personal experience—retrospection, behaviors I have observed in other people. Illustrating in the language of dream-like worlds gives me the opportunity to connect my love of the extraordinary to heavy issues.