As a 3 year old, I produced my first controversial calligraphic piece when I used a straight pin to carve my ABCs into my mothers new night table. At age 5, I was given a pan of watercolors but no paper, until my grandmother gave me a 3” thick white pages telephone book. Thus, began my use of unconventional art media.
My more formal training in Watermedia, Printmaking and Book Arts has been through classes and workshops. I was also trained as an elementary school art teacher through a Getty grant, and I taught teachers how to integrate the visual arts into their classroom curriculum.
I am an intuitive artist, and get my inspiration from my feelings, experiences, and spirituality. My work is also influenced by my travels, by the environs of the Pacific NW, and by my Mexican-American heritage.
I exhibit my work in the Portland/Vancouver area and around the South Puget Sound.
I have won awards for watercolor and mixed media. Most recently, I received a Sponsor’s Award and People’s Choice Award at the 2016 Spring SW Washington Artists’ Show. I also won the People’s Choice Award at the 2016 SW Washington Watercolor Society Juried Members Show.
In addition to being a juried member of Gallery 360 and of the Southwest Washington Watercolor Society, I belong to the Society of Washington Artists, the Oregon Society of Artists, the Portland Society for Calligraphy, Nib N Inks, and Off the Walls Gallery.