Thank you for visiting my website. Through my art, I hope to lift up your spirit as I share from my infinite source of love, light and joy...
Heaven on earth
My passion for art began at an early age when I would copy some of the paintings in my parents' art collection. While pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Humanities and Art History at the University of the Philippines, I also took private painting lessons with Sofronio Y. Mendoza (SYM), a renowned Filipino artist. My earlier works were mostly representational charcoal drawings and landscape paintings in oil, influenced by SYM.
Immigrating to the United States after college led me to careers in marketing and real estate. I raised two boys—one with special needs--while working full-time and pursuing my MBA at NYU Stern School of Business. As I juggled multiple priorities, I continued to work on my art to maintain balance.
Today, I am a full-time artist, and divide my time between New York City and Ulster County, My current work is in mixed media.
I begin each piece with a rough composition using acrylic paint as my base, often integrating layers of fabric, which is soft and pliable. During the process I explore different materials and build up the canvas with other textural elements such as sand, crushed shells and paper. (My husband is a studio furniture artist who works in precast terrazzo, and he literally has TONS of material, some of which have shown up in my paintings.)
I also like to recycle found objects or materials such as netting from produce packages, hornets nests, roots, branches, sticks and stones. Basically, I explore what piques my interest.
My process starts with a general idea or an image of a place, object or feeling I want to capture, and usually ends up with my magical version of reality. When I'm creating art, I experience Heaven on Earth, And I hope to share this positive energy with as many people as possible.
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Having raised a child with autism who is unable to speak, I’m inspired by the human struggle to fully understand and share our innermost thoughts and feelings beyond what words can express. Art making is my way of connecting my internal reality with the world around me. That moment of synchronicity, when colors, shapes and textures just come together perfectly, is my Heaven on Earth.
I believe sensory play is not just for toddlers or individuals with special needs. By layering textures like fabric, sand, crushed shells and paper into my mixed media art as I listen to music, I'm building the nerve connections to my brain and stimulating my visual, tactile and auditory senses. I also like to connect with the environment by recycling natural materials and using found objects to add textural elements to my composition.
I’ve participated in various group shows curated by The Art Students League of New York and the Art Society of Kingston (ASK). I've also shown my work at the ArtBar Gallery in Kingston, NY, Emerge Gallery in Saugerties, NY, as well as non-traditional "pop up" art shows in Manhattan. In 2019, my first solo exhibit, "Moving Mountains," at the Rosendale Cafe in Rosendale, NY was well received by enthusiastic buyers. In 2020, my work was selected for First Street Gallery's National Juried Exhibition.
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