I have always had an interest in drawing and painting since childhood. My interest in art and desire to help people in need led me to my first profession in orthotics and prosthetics, where I had an outlet to create art in designing and fabricating braces and prosthetic limbs for people. This profession also led to an opportunity to do medical mission work where I've had the privilege to serve as a board member and volunteer prosthetist/orthotist with Prosthetic Promises In His Name, a non-profit focused in providing prosthetic services in Zambia, Africa.
Though working in the medical profession, I've maintained a focus in continuing to develop my art through the years, transitioning to a full-time art career in 2021. I focus on mural painting, both indoor and outdoor, which is my outlet to work on a large scale. On a small scale, I work mostly in acrylics, colored pencil, and mixed media.
I like to experiment with different ideas and techniques, with varied subjects. My work is inspired by my life experiences and passions. I feel that I let my art speak for my true self. Though a soft-spoken introvert, my work is often represented in bold colors, depictions with symbolism and overarching themes of inspiration and empowerment. My fascination with art is that it is never wrong---it is my expression and how I interpret things---in a world that so often feels black and white, that comforts me.
In 2021, I opened Vantage Point Art Gallery with a vision to provide local artists like myself a space to display their art, enliven the downtown Gainesville art scene and create a place of community for creatives.