Mia was born and raised in Los Angeles, and grew up watching cartoons and animated films, drawing, reading, and writing. She has long been fascinated by story and character, and the qualities that make people unique.
Mia believes that all individuals contain an entire universe within them. Her recent work strives to represent the unseen forces at work within the subject -- spirits, inner demons, conflicting emotions, and the imagination. The result is a surreal amalgam of imagery that weaves multiple layers of detail, endeavoring to represent the multi-faceted personalities of her characters, their complex identities, and their personal mythologies.
Mia draws inspiration from fairy tales, performance art, vintage photography, music, literature, animation, silent cinema, and world cultures.
In May 2007, Mia graduated as valedictorian from Otis College of Art and Design, with a BFA in Illustration and a minor in Creative Writing. She currently shows her work in prominent pop-surrealist galleries across the US, and would love to write and illustrate her own children's books someday.