Hello! I create books and animations about history, community, and the precious nature of memory and existence. At the heart of my practice is a passion for bright colors, playful shapes, and community engagement.

Recent works include Kamiyasi Kamiyasi, an Ainu fairytale about friendship, Wilfrid's Gift, a story about remembering, and Sappho and Friends, an animated trilogy about puppy love and in-group humor that pays homage to educational children’s media.  

Recent collaborations include the design of hands/hoofs/claws with Catherine Czacki and the creation and running of Grinning Moon with Grace Mae Huddleston.

In addition to my work as an artist, I am an educator who is passionate about nurturing creativity and a love for storytelling in students. In the past, I have taught with the Conejo Valley Unified School District as well as daycare centers and academic camps in the Ventura County area. Currently, I work in marketing and communications in the public education sector.

I received my BA in Visual Arts Media from the University of California, San Diego, and live and work in sunny Los Angeles.

Contact: sameraxu@gmail.com

Other places to find me: Instagram / Twitter / Tumblr / Vimeo