Born and raised during her early childhood years in Hawaii and then establishing roots at a young age on the mainland in California, Desirée encountered countless learning opportunities and memorable life experiences. Traveling back and forth, over the Pacific, opened up the best of both worlds, allowing her to become who she is today.
Currently focused on her career as a Landscape Designer and Art Instructor, Desirée is a University of California Santa Cruz alumni, who graduated with a BA in Environmental Interpretation and Science Illustration. Desirée’s background includes the study and practice of Fine Arts, having dipped her toes in a variety of Studio Art, from illustration and painting to ceramics and photography. With her love for the natural world, she has also had memorable experiences teaching Outdoor Education to children and adults as a naturalist and botanist in Santa Cruz, San Luis Obispo and Ventura Counties…her most memorable, leading hikes for Channel Islands National Park.
Combining her passion for art and nature, Desirée continues to inspire others through her love of teaching and is available for Educational Workshops in Art and Sustainable Landscape Design. She has also completed her certification at the University of California in Santa Barbara to Teach English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and would like to reach out to international students who would like to learn English for professional purposes in Environmental Studies and the Visual Arts Industry.
Desirée resides in Ventura County, CA with her loving, supporting husband, Brendon and their beach dog, Moana.
“Loving all things to do with art, nature, and everything beautiful (including the remarkable people who surround me), and as I mature through the years as an artist and educator, wisdom has taught me that sharing my passion for creativity empowers others — young and old — to tap into a world of creative thinking that promotes self-growth within their own hearts, minds, and souls. I’d like to explore and share the endless sources of inspiration – from this wide world we live – with others.”