Tell us a bit about yourself and what led you to pursue a career in art.
Art has always been a big part of my life. I have been drawing and painting since I can remember.
It wasn’t until I moved to Austin from Mexico that I started thinking about my art a little more seriously - I was in high school then, and took part in a few art competitions through school. That opportunity allowed me to put my art in front of an audience and I ended up winning several regional and national awards. While that helped me build some confidence as an artist, I still saw art as just a hobby.
When I moved back to Austin from school, I decided to rent a studio space in East Austin to keep that “hobby” alive, and was quickly introduced to EAST, where I was able to show my art next to other local artists. Not having a degree in art made me extremely self conscious and critical of my work, but I knew that I could only get better by putting myself out there. I also learned that art could become a great side income for me, so I continued to say yes to any and all opportunities that opened up for me. I have now been part of over 30 group exhibitions and two solo shows in Austin.
What drew you to the mediums you currently work with, acrylic on wood?
I’ve always liked going against the grain (ironic), and for art, that meant experimenting with unique mediums. When I bought my first wood panel, the intention was to cover it with paint, but then I realized that the grain was naturally giving me these beautiful flowing figures and simply decided to go with it. After that, I never looked at wood the same.
I immediately loved the connection between the natural beauty, complexity and imperfections of the wood to ourselves and life in general. We’re all dealing with our own imperfections, but it is those imperfections that make us unique and beautiful. My pieces represent individuality and taking pride in who we are, regardless of those imperfections. My focus on women figures has to do with the fact that we can be extremely judgmental of our bodies, but taking pride and owning who we are is truly the most beautiful feature we can have. My art is joyful, playful and subtly sensual - representing all women and our femininity.