Mikala grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico and graduated from Colorado College with a BA in Studio Art and a minor in Education. She spent a semester studying Urban Design in Copenhagen while in school. After graduating, she completed the Land Arts of the American West semester at the University of New Mexico and showed films at associated exhibitions. She is currently living in Denver and working in Boulder, Colorado as a trail builder and dry stone mason. She loves backpacking, learning about land conservation, sending handwritten cards, and has an interest in paper ephemera in general.