I am a Mexican/American artist living in Mexico City with my boyfriend and 3 cats. I spend my days painting and growing my business. I enjoy healthy food, pilates, watching HBO series, listening to podcasts and having lunch with friends.
My feelings, natural elements, nature, science, everything that surrounds me!
Inspiration can come at any moment, I must have paints close at all times in case a good idea comes up.
I usually start off with paper and watercolors, then I scan my work and each piece can end up having a different purpose. Most of my work makes it to my online shop as prints, while others are licensed to companies as artwork for their products. I work with companies like Papyrus and Hallmark to create greeting cards and fun paper products, art art art all day!
I paint at least 300 days a year. Even if it’s something small. I try to experiment with different mediums once in a while, such as ceramics, pottery, stained glass and several crafts. Even cooking. I use my hands to create almost daily.
Projects that are for myself. When painting is your job, sometimes you get many projects that are more design oriented, but there is nothing like painting just because you feel like it.
I did. I figured out that art licensing was an industry I wanted to get in to much more. I knew this would be a very rewarding business model for my style of art. I searched for ways to make this happen and ended up being an exhibitor at Surtex (an art licensing trade show in New York). Having many licensing clients really helped me in many ways. I have gotten to see my art on products around the world and gave me the economic stability I needed while keeping myself true to my style.
Also, deciding to begin teaching online has been AMAZING. It is one of the strongest sides to my business now. I love being able to teach people around the world while having a classroom of more that 15,000 students!
I have always been a big fan of the Arts & Crafts movement, specifically William Morris. I have always seen my art as being ornamental and easily applied to products, versus hanging on a gallery wall.
I have not felt prejudice.
Sincerely, painting. It is my oxygen.
I would say, find your place in the industry. But first of all, it is very important to find your voice. The goal is for people to recognize your art before they see your name on it. It is tough out there and it has to be your obsession if you want to make a career out of your paintings. This is a strong word, but I really do believe it’s true.
Yes! This year I bought a piece of land in Tulum, Mexico. I am planning a creative retreat with a group of talented women for the Fall. There will be 4 teachers, including myself, to help creative women who are either starting out, or are stuck in their creative career and need some guidance. We are preparing classes on everything from personal branding to online sales. I will have a website and more info set up soon!