I started painting and drawing in high school and won a painting award. I wish I saved those works. My artistic life was put on hold for a few years while I got through the University of New Mexico. My need to create could not be suppressed. After I got through business school, I went back to UNM College of Fine Arts and received a Bachelors of Arts in Fine Arts degree. It was one of the happiest experiences of my life. I learned a lot from the instructors and my fellow students. And I am eternally grateful to all of them.
Oils is my preferred medium. I like the way it moves and blends. And I can come back to it a day later before it's dry. Also, I work with acrylics on panel or canvas. What I like about acrylics is its immediacy. It dries so quickly in our dry climate, there is no time to second guess a paint stroke. Too much overthinking can take away the raw emotion of a painting. I am hoping to make some mono prints off a glass, where the images are similar but I would go back in the print and make each one a little different in color and lines.
I grew up exploring along the canals and cotton woods of the rio grande valley. It still has its unique life and spirit. The colors are amazing. I also studied the wildlife I saw growing up. Some artists that inspire me today are Dali, Frida Kahlo, Joan Miro, and De Chirico . These artists tapped into a surreal and dream world I find exciting.