I was born in 1976 in Santa Ana, El Salvador, just a few years before the country broke out in a civil war that would last a decade. In the summer of 1982 my grandmother, two sisters and I were able to escape the country as the violence in El Salvador was escalating toward war. We made our way to Los Angeles, CA where we reunited with my parents after having been apart for four years. I grew up in Koreatown, a predominantly Central American neighborhood of central LA. In the fall of 1988 my family and I relocated to Seattle, where I lived until moving to Redmond in 2010.
I have been painting since I was sixteen years old, though mostly self-taught, I have also taken college level painting and drawing classes. I’ve studied graphic design and intend on finishing my studies in the near future. Besides painting, my other mediums include jewelry making, beading, embroidery, paper mache and paper cut art.
I’m constantly inspired by the beauty in the natural world, I’m interested in depicting flowers and birds, especially chickens and roosters as my favorite subjects. Living in the suburbs I have gained an appreciation of the sounds and smells of nature and that is reflected in my paintings. Being slightly older now, and in a more comfortable position in life than I was accustomed to, my paintings now reflect a more optimistic outlook about life. My new series of chickens and flowers are an expression of hope and beauty amongst a chaotic universe; that the forces of life can be aesthetically pleasing.
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