Surrounded by art since I can remember, I’ve always been encouraged to color outside the lines.
My grandfather taught me how to use my first camera, and I took pictures of dollhouses that he and my grandmother made. My father builds life-size houses, twenty years after apprenticing a man named Hector, immigrating to the US and marrying my mom. She disliked coloring books and Barbies as presents for little girls. Instead she’d set me and my sister up to make things, like Highlights Magazine decoupage cigar boxes and vases or melted vinyl record bowls.
I believe you should go out and do the things you want to do and, heck, I’ve always wanted to own my own business. I like meeting new people and discovering new places. I like to preserve fleeting moments in my artwork, my favorite kinds of moments are the ones that end up defying your deepest convictions.
So I take photos. Mostly of people in love—with each other, their families, their dog/cat/chinchilla, or their lives! I believe in love and the people that it takes to change lives. I want to intensely celebrate those people, standing up for who and what they believe in and who value spending time coloring outside the lines, just a little bit, every day.