Monique was raised on the Big Island with a passion for creativity and expression. She attended Hilo High School where she was able to explore a variety of art but has sustained a passion for photography, printmaking, and textiles. Since art needs to be something that is easily accessible for everyone, Monique tried from early on to reuse & modify everyday materials, shopping second-hand, and upcycling as a way to help the environment as a conscious-consumer, yet still be able to create the things she enjoys.
She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.
The concept of art as a therapeutic tool for expression has always been of area of interest especially for children and young adults. Monique hopes to be involved in more workshops where she can not only provide a fun space to be expressive, but one that is safe and supportive.