I am a born creative. I grew up in a small town on California’s central coast where I continually won awards, big and small, for art. I couldn’t wait to get to the big city where I earned a degree in graphic design and entered the world of advertising. Working as an art director and creative director in Los Angeles and Indianapolis prepared me to go out on my own as a professional illustrator.
My studio is located at the end of a winding (and bumpy) road in the redwood forest of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Living in the redwoods gives me a peaceful place to reflect and listen to my creative muse.
Known for my fashion, beauty and advertisement 2D digital and cover art illustrations, I am heavily influenced by fashion, vintage design from the ‘50s and ’60s, and the glamour of old Hollywood.
When not working, I love to try new art mediums, make things, travel and cook. I can also be found in our apiary checking on the bees and harvesting honey!
Some clients in Monika's extensive client list include:
Conde Nast Publications
Simon & Schuster
The Wall Street Journal