When I look back to when I was just a kid, I realize I was fortunate to have two loving parents who encouraged my creativity. I practiced my drawing and painting skills all the time, but my father sweetened the pot by offering $5.00 whenever I created original, individual, and colorful cartoon strips with a funny punch-lines.
These days, I work with children every day at the Wells Fargo History Museum. Recently, I participated in an art and school supplies drive to benefit four schools in disadvantaged areas of San Francisco and Los Angeles. With my love for art and community service, I jumped at the chance to take the lead on this donation effort. I connected with each school’s administration and dropped off the supplies personally. It was quite a bit of hard work and a lot of driving—coupled with the worst Bay Bridge rush hour traffic in the world!—certainly not an easy goal to accomplish.
But by getting involved and giving back to the community, I hope I inspire future generations to be creative with these new art and school supplies. The experience meant the world to me and I would do it again and again!