Artist Statement Who I was as a child has shaped who I am as an artist today. Every painting and every idea encompasses nostalgia. All of my inspiration comes from those real world experiences and personal stories. Non-traditional portraits painted in traditional ways are my greatest passion. I paint people in my life that I'm trying to make a connection with, telling a story that's personal and individual to each piece. Each piece seeks to go beyond realism and capture the essence of the subject. With each painting, my goal is to create as much honesty about that individual, allowing to capture the spirit of the person I’m painting. I completed my master from the Academy of Art University in May 2016 and am currently teach adult classes at the New Mexico Art League as well as kids classes in my studio.