I was asked by his coworker and head of production at Blizzard Animation, Phillip Hillenbrand, to curate the future gallery shows for The LGBT Center OC on 4th street. Phillip was also one of the board members of The Center OC, and really wanted to revive the gallery space for big art events, which hasn’t really been happening lately. And so Photonic Playground lives on after almost a year hiatus, to be opened at it’s new location once again in Downtown Santa Ana, but right on 4th street, above Wursthaus adjacent to Native Son’s Alehouse inside The LGBT Center OC on 4th. The grand opening reception exhibition debut was “Women of Art” featuring 27 amazing artists in the film, video games, and education field on May 5th, 2018 with great fanfare. Thanks to those who supported us in the past shows, and at our newest location for more shows to come!
It also lives on forever digitally online due to the great efforts of our World of Warcraft team friends who turned the old Threads of Fate shop into the Photonic Playground Art Gallery for WoW’s Legion expansion in new Dalaran (pictured below). The WoW team also added my husband Steve, our pups Xena Kyubi, and myself into the world’s biggest MMORPG game as NPC’s in the starting zone of Trisfall Glades in the town of Brill. Come visit us if you play!
Throughout my career, I’ve also had the pleasure of being invited to conferences and holding talks about the history of matte painting and how it has progressed through the ages in countries such as Croatia, Sweden, Mexico, Vienna, and Spain. It’s always humbling to be invited to these events and experience such wonderful people and their culture from countries across globe.
After 15 years at Blizzard, I left to challenge myself at a new start up called Imagendary Studios in December 2021, headed up by Wei Wang to work on cinematics/games using Unreal Engine 5. Sadly, the studio went through major restructuring, and most of the staff was let go in July 2023.
Now, I’m currently at Parallax Studios as the Art Director as of October 2023, located in Los Angeles, California. I help manage all internal and external artists to help create awesome art in various ways ranging from film, video games, tv, animation and more!