About the Artist

I have been cleaning North County San Diego beaches for years. I take photographs of the trash I find and share the most interesting images on social media in order to help others understand the seriousness of the plastic pollution problem.

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Photo by Eduardo Contreras for the San Diego Union Tribune

My On the Horizon photographs and other marine debris pieces have been on exhibit at the Bay Model in Sausalito, California as well as at the Tides Thoreau Center in San Francisco, and Carlsbad’s Dove Library. Into the Current is my first large-scale sculpture made from marine plastic.

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On the Horizon at the Bay Model in Sausalito, California

I am also a teacher and I share my passion for the environment with students through hands-on marine debris workshops that integrate making, photography, and writing.


San Diego Area Writing Project—Young Writers and Photography Camp

I also enjoy hosting hand’s on experiential booths at festivals around the San Diego North County and have participated in Oceanside’s Earth Festival, the Alley Art Festival in Vista, and I Love a Clean San Diego’s Zero Waste Fair held at the Farm Lab in Encinitas, among others.

I am available for speaking engagements, providing hand-on art experiences, and/or hosting an interactive booth at your next festival. Please contact me, if you would like to discuss options for your school or group.

The links below will take you to a variety of articles/videos about my work, including some featuring the Green Team students who volunteered to help with recycling and campus clean-ups at the school where I used to work.

San Diego Union Tribune – Video featuring me on a beach walk http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/visuals/video/90992375-132.html

San Diego Reader – Article about my biofilter discovery http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2016/sep/08/ticker-seaworld-slapped-plastic-litter/

The Coast News – Article about my art work and the biofilters http://www.thecoastnews.com/2016/09/12/artist-works-to-raise-awareness-and-reduce-beach-trash/

The Coast News – Student presentation on marine debris for the Oceanside City Council http://www.thecoastnews.com/2017/03/23/del-rio-elementary-students-share-ocean-debris-studies-with-city-council/

San Diego Union Tribune – Del Rio Elementary School’s Zero Waste Program http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/communities/north-county/sd-no-oceanside-recycling-20161121-story.html

Fox 5 News San Diego – Del Rio’s Green Team on Earth Day http://fox5sandiego.com/2015/04/22/earth-day-reduce-reuse-recycle/

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