About Justine

Currently, I live and work in Portland, Maine and am inspired by the outdoors that surround me in this gorgeous state.

Art has always been a focus in my life from teaching, photography, sculpture, and painting.  My first memories are painting in Yosemite with my dad while he took classes (I was lucky enough to spend my kindergarten year there).  I remember him guiding me to just paint what I saw and to let go of what others are doing.  He helped me become so confident in my painting, that when I created a plane in school I truly believed it was 3-dimensional.  It wasn't until around middle school did I realize it was a flat plane.  Sometimes if we believe in our minds we have excellence, we can do anything.  This is something my dad gave me at such a young age and I work to continue this simple mind frame when doing my own work and teaching others how to embrace the passion in art.

Born and raised in the Bay Area, North of San Francisco, I started art training taking classes at the Academy of Art in San Francisco during high school.  I continued my studies at the California College of Art and Craft and earned my Bachelors of Art at Humboldt University in California.

I also have a passion for gardening, cooking and playing in the outdoors.