Friday, November 24, 2017

About


 

I was born in Colombia, a magical place where mountains, gigantic rivers, desserts and forests run into the oceans. The fierce nature reflects its bright colors in a daily street carnival of vibrant houses, vivid fabrics, and colorful objects. I grew up in this land where people believe everything is possible and where fiction and reality are knitted together.

Since I was a little girl, I wanted to be an artist; I loved coloring, pencils and crayons, clay, paper, and scissors (I still do!) On my seventh birthday I got my first watercolor kit and after a few weeks of hard work, I finished my painting: a poster size Bambi with a butterfly on its tail. I was so excited with my work that I kept it for many years to remind myself of my dream.

As I grew up, I had a hard time keeping my notebooks only for schoolwork. My math problems were surrounded by drawings of my classmates, and teachers; my history notebooks contained pyramids, kings, maps, trees and the ever-changing views from the classroom window.

I spent hours looking at art history books that my parents kept at home, but I never had the opportunity to visit a museum or to have a formal art education. My great fortune was to be surrounded by my family photographs. My grandfather, my great-grandfather and my great-great-grandfather were some of the earliest photographers in South America and the Caribbean. I still remember the smell of the photography chemicals, and the magical darkness of my family lab; they marked my life forever.

I studied fine arts in Colombia and photography at The New England School of Photography, in Boston. I have had a lot of fun jobs: I worked as a Commercial Photographer, as a photography teacher and I also had my own business to design and build puppets for TV shows and mascots costumes for amusement parks.

A few years ago I moved to the Washington DC area, where I kept working with art and photography, and I was able to mix my two passions: art and kids. My art classes for children have given me the opportunity to see the world through their eyes, to enjoy their imagination and to give them the tools to discover their own creativity.