I remember my parent’s encouragement to create art at a very young age. As I became aware of my abilities, my parents would create various opportunities for me to draw at my leisure so that I could improve my skills.
During my high school years, I was pushed passed technical boundaries. I am grateful for my two high school art teachers who prepared me to face criticisms and opinions of all sorts. While pursuing my undergraduate degree, I focused on “finding my style” and was in search for a purpose in creating art. I studied the work of Frida Kahlo, which inspired me to paint self- portraits that told truths of my fears and insecurities. My journey has taught me to become more comfortable with creating honest and expressive art work. Since college I have submerged myself in contemporary art environments that are immediate and direct; an approach to art that I admire and have emulated in my own art making.
While getting my Master of Education Degree at the University Houston, opportunities to publicly display my art surfaced, and as a result, I was influenced to create art for communal spaces both individually and with the students (high school and college) I taught. I have shown work at the Gremillion and Co. Fine Art, Inc., the Community Artists’ Collective, Lawndale Art Center, War’hous Visual Studios, East End Studio Gallery, the Art Institute of Houston, Behuman Gallery, Hardy and Nance Street Studios and the University Museum at Texas Southern University and have created chalk art murals in the Houston Via Colori Street Painting Festival for the past 9 years.
As I travel through my professional journey as an art educator and artist, it is important that I model lifelong learning through creativity, exhibitions and community involvement for my students. As a teacher for the past 8 years, I have experienced the many benefits of providing students with a quality fine arts education and have been blessed to observe them succeed in the arts in addition to other academic areas.
Furthermore, my classroom days are now behind me as I hold the role of the Visual Arts Coordinator for Cypress-Fairbanks ISD. I look forward to making a larger impact in the lives of the students and teachers as I embark on the new position and chapter in my life.