I have been making art since I can remember. A strong influence came from my parents who encouraged me to pursue drawing and painting. My father’s passion to draw, paint, and write poetry throughout my child and young adult life inspired me to follow in his footsteps.
I received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in painting at the University of Houston and have since then earned my certification to teach art in Texas. I have been teaching art in the Clear Creek District for fourteen years. I taught at the elementary level for nine years and five years at the intermediate level. I have learned so much more about creating art as a teacher than I ever did as a student.
My interest in painting the figure has always remained a constant. In college I was discouraged from painting the figure and pushed in other directions. In retrospect I appreciate that time because it forced me out of my comfort zone and I learned so much. I have returned to my passion of painting the human form and feel at home with this genre. I specifically enjoy painting children and their interaction with parents surrounded by the natural landscape. Many of the depictions include children and parents playing and interacting on the Galveston shore line. However, I am interested in capturing people and children in other settings. Every person tells a story. From the expressions on their faces to the clothes they wear and the way they hold themselves, people give us a window into their world. This has continued to fascinate me and compelled me to try and capture it.