I'm 42 an artist, writer, designer, teacher and mother to 4 beautiful girls (and one "heavenly angel"). I moved to Jacksonville from New York 9 years ago to pursue my dream of becoming an artist full time. Since then I have been blessed to be able share my creative gifts with the Jacksonville community. Including creating a “Decorating on a dime” program for low-income communities and teaching art in several Juvenile Detention centers and local community centers.
I regularly attend many of the local Spoken Word venues and have performed my poetry for some local events including: Klub Tribe’s “Spotlight on Urban Voices”, The Majestic Fest, The American Poor People’s Party –Block Party Event, Nocturnal Escape & Latino in the City’s joint collaboration at the JoMOMA Museum for the ArtWalk, where I performed my poetry and did a “live” art piece.
As a designer, my background is in Fashion Design. I attended the Fashion Institute of Technology as a Fashion Design major. I owned my own freelance fashion design company, for several years after leaving F.I.T., where I specialized in formal gowns, evening wear and wedding gowns. Since coming to Jacksonville I have also had the opportunity to use my design experience as a costume designer for two of the Ritz’ productions: “The Piano Lesson” and “Flyin’ West”. I also use my design expertise as a Floral designer. I worked as a florist in New York for 9 years and I co-owned a Floral Design Studio, on Fleming Island, with my mother.
My artwork, thankfully, has received an equally positive response. I describe my artwork as feminine and ethnic, with acrylic being my medium of choice. I do, however, occasionally use oil pastels, pen & ink, fabric, paper and various other items as embellishments or as art itself. The majority of my artwork has obvious Afro-Caribbean overtones, because of my background as a “Black/Indian” Puerto Rican. I try to convey that we come in all colors where the media tries to portray us as an almost all “white” race. My intent to convey this fact can also be heard in my poetry.
Strong faith, positive female role models, my experience and education in the fashion design and the floral industries, are the foundation for the feminine influences in my artwork, but they are also the things that drive me to push the limits of my creativity while also becoming the best woman I can be for myself, my community and my girls.