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I’ve always been a sensitive introverted person. Along with that came a lot of intense emotions and anxiety when I was growing up. For years I had panic attacks and racing thoughts, and I didn’t know what was happening to me. It was very frustrating because I was also very curious, and I loved traveling and exploring in nature. I went to Houston Community College where I met a wonderfully diverse group of friends, and inspiring professors who spoke to my curiosities, and helped me to grow as an artist. It was there that I took my first yoga class which started my journey in healing my anxiety. I also learned about introversion and I was able to put all those intense emotions into my art.
I went on to study Art at the University of Houston where I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and a Master of Art Education. I studied Art in Italy for a month, which was a dream come true! And I have lived and taught in Texas and Mexico.
I later married and had two very energetic sons. I felt so inspired by my love for my sons, and I wanted to make art with them. But my boys would climb me and throw all the art supplies! It was more like a monkey circus than the tranquil art studio my introverted soul desired. So, we ended up spending most of our time at the park, collecting moss balls, building with sticks, looking for colorful leaves, and climbing trees. That’s when I remembered how exploring in nature revived and inspired me! I saw how being in nature calmed my sons’ anxieties too. They were completely engaged and in their element. While in nature, my mind was flooded with ideas for art. When my boys grew a little older, we were able to focus and make art together more and more.
As any creative introvert knows, having the time and space to focus on art-making is the most delicious necessity. When my boys started school, I decided to indulge the necessity of my being and MAKE ART! For a living. I love teaching too, and my long-term goal is to create and share nature-inspired art lessons. I have always found the deepest inspiration in nature and humanity; the beauty and the chaos.