Some of my earliest and fondest memories as a child are of me and my brother playing under my dad’s cutting tables in the garment industry. Coming from a family that owns a textile service company, I was always surrounded by beautiful patterns and designs. As an adult I realize that most of my art, illustrations and designs are a reflection of precious memories I hold dear.
Along with the memories I have of spending time with my parents at their work, I also had the privilege of spending my summers and weekends at my grandmothers house in Mexico. One of my grandmothers biggest pride and joys was her garden by the beach. She is the reason why most of my art is botanical and floral themed. Even the color schemes I lean on the most are found in tiny parts of her home. Like her dusty rose cabinets, and her mauve couches she use to own.
It was not until I met my husband that I considered myself an artist. I knew I had the creativity to paint and draw. I inherited most of my talent from my father's side of the family. My father's side is filled with artists musicians and writers. I will always love my husband for taking me out of my comfort zone and pushing me to pursue my dreams and passion. His persistence of getting my work into the world helped me start my career as an artist.
At the age of 25, I had my first art gallery opening in the city of Long Beach CA. Seeing my work on an advertised flyer was a such a wonderful feeling. I will admit it was hard for me at first but I couldn't depart with my precious art pieces. But I knew I had to put a price on my artwork, and as an artist that's probably one of the hardest things to overcome.
It became easier to put a price on my work through photography. For 10 years my husband and I owned our own professional photography business capturing beautiful memories for families all around the world. I retired in 2015 when my husband and I went into full time ministry. This is when I discovered the wonders of creating my art digitally. Ever since then my iPad Pro goes with me everywhere so when inspiration hits I grab my Apple Pencil and start sketching away.
As my brand and style grow I am proud that I can look back and know that most of what I illustrate is genuine and true to myself.