A Jack and Alise collaboration

About Us

We are first and foremost artists. We are best friends who are inspired by nature and art. Jack was born and raised in Fiji and earned his Bachelor’s Degree from California State University in Hayward. Alise spent her early years between England and Germany and was raised mostly in Louisiana. She earned her degree from the University of Alabama and studied abroad at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand.

We met in September 2011, when Alise stumbled upon Jack’s first solo art show at Lirielle Gallery on Piedmont Avenue in Oakland. We met in person a week later and we’ve been inseparable ever since. Jack proposed in December 2012 at our neighborhood Grand Lake Theatre and we married in September 2013- the rainiest and most perfect day we could have asked for.

We’re spread out, with loved ones on opposite sides of the planet, and sometimes it feels overwhelming that no matter where we go, we’re an ocean away from someone important to us. As a solution, we’ve fantasized about splitting our time between the South Pacific and California. Now we’re actually doing it!

We’ve created this blog with the intention to track our growth and experiences in a way that allows us to share with family and friends and may even be useful to strangers. Check back often- we're always creating!