Hugo was born and raised in the Napa Valley but mainly grew up in St. Helena. After graduating from high school, he attended Cal Poly Pomona and majored in architecture. After receiving his bachelor's degree he moved back to the Napa Valley.
Having gotten his start early in life drawing comics and typical middle-school boyhood imagery, Hugo has always enjoyed being creative. Design school made an impact on his skills and dedication to creative endeavors. When not using his straight edge and drafting table to design architectural projects, he would use them to layout comics and illustrations. Today he continues his personal creative projects, based out of his website, No More Bad Town. The title is certainly a reference to an old Operation Ivy song, but it also refers to his own goal of one day working in urban design and community building, or it might just be a lamentation about being a young person in the Napa Valley. His illustration work has been a part of the Young Folks exhibition at Napa NEST in 2009 as well as the Napa Historical Society's Retrospect show. Professionally, Hugo has interned for architecture firms in St. Helena and Sonoma as well as Healthy Buildings USA in Napa. He continues to work creatively outside of the realm of architecture by running enrichment programs for the children of Boys & Girls Club in American Canyon.
Hugo is an active member of Wandering Rose. Along with his girlfriend, Sierra Minchaca, he coordinates and produces Wandering Rose's monthly publication, the Spinning Compass. Hugo got involved with Wandering Rose with the goal of creating things for locals to do and he strives to continue with that goal by using the Spinning Compass as an excuse for throwing parties with local musicians and artists.
Hugo was recently appointed to the Commission for Arts and Culture as the representative for American Canyon. He hopes to represent the perspective of alternative artists and show the mainstream world of the Napa Valley that young people aren't all that scary.
Sierra had never really considered herself to be an artist, but has always had an interest in community activism. While she can easily maneuver her way through Photoshop and graphic design, she can hardly draw a stick figure. Not to be dismayed, Sierra has found passions in other fields, including the sciences and compassion for animals.
Sierra was born and mostly raised in the Napa Valley, but has lived all over the country in her many acquired years of life. She is currently working towards a degree in Physics, but has contemplated adding a dual major in Chemistry to her plate.