Welcome! My name is Aja (pronounced Asia). Born in Kealakekua, HI in 1985, today I am an illustrator, art director, and illustration teacher based in Northern California.
I have been illustrating professionally since I graduated from college in 2008. I enjoy creating character based artwork... I really feel that the character is what drives everything, so I strive to create lovable characters that people feel a connection to. I enjoy working on all sorts of projects, from books to products to animation, so don't be afraid to reach out if you have something in mind.
In addition to illustrating, I earned my MFA in Illustration from the University of Hartford, and a background in teaching at the college level, graphic design, and art directing. I love that I can build my life around creative problem solving!
I am married to artist and designer Ryan Mulford. When we aren't busy in our studios, you can find us drinking copious amounts of chai and reading stacks of books in coffee shops.