My artistic goals haven’t changed from the moment I began to paint eight years ago: I strive to enrich and raise the awareness of the community in which I live through my paintings of the Los Angeles Basin’s endangered, bygone, and current wildlife; to help raise our understanding of our cultural heritage through my iconic portraiture of individuals whose impact on our roots has helped to determine who we are today; and to celebrate our homogeneity through light- hearted, witty paintings of our religious icons and the wonderful festivals which bring us together as one people, a people whose roots have been formed in the deep meld of Mexican, Native American and American
Cultures and which give us who we are today: Los Angeles.
2003-PRESENT BUNGALOW ART STUDIO
• Beginning with whimsical pastel portraits of animals, most specifically people and their pets, Bungalow Art opened it’s Venice studio in 2003. Currently located in Topanga, works range from endangered species, to iconic historical portraiture to celebrating life depicting Dias de Los Muertos figures.
2009-PRESENT TOPANGA CANYON GALLERY PRESIDENT
•Topanga Canyon Gallery President. Oversee the operation of the local artist operated cooperative. Coordinates various committees including advertising/marketing, show installation, new artist interviews, lighting, receptions and art events in and out of the community. Hosts to the Topanga Elementary School Art Exhibit each spring. Volunteer position.
2009-PRESENT ART IN THE BARNYARD
•Semi private workshops for children 6-12. Workshops are held outside in a Topanga barnyard featuring horses, a pony, chickens and Frank the pot belly pig. Kids learn to draw and work with clay using live animals for inspiration.
2006-PRESENT TCOC BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Topanga Chamber of Commerce board of directors 2006-2008 and current active member. Volunteer position.
2007-2010 TCOC ANNUAL CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARDS
Conceptualize and create custom awards to honour the Citizen, of the year and the Business honorees, presented by the Topanga Chamber of Commerce, the Senate, the 3rd District and the Lost Hills Sheriff Department.
ART CURATOR ABUELITAS MEXICAN RESTAURANT
Selects local artist for bi-monthly exhibits. Curates group shows, Designs menu covers featuring current exhibits, installation of artwork. Solo exhibit once each year. Volunteer position.
WALGROVE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PLAYGROUND MURAL PROJECT
Privately funded beautification project. Conceptualized and created artwork for a ceramic tile mural to be installed on a playground bench. Worked closely with architect Victoria Pakshong from original conception through final installation.
JULY-AUG 2007 2008 CHAMBERLAINS PERFORMING ARTS
• Working with kids from 6-14 at this fast paced summer camp program. Lesson planning, guiding, inspiring and coordinating art projects from conception to installation at Pepperdine University.
GALLERIES 2007 Jurors Choice Award Gallery RFD Swainsboro GA “Plagurism and Appropriation”
2010 Award of Excellence “Animal House” San Fernando Arts Center
2010 Topanga Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year
2010 Certificate of Recognition LA County Sheriff
2010 Congressional Recognition
2010 State of California Senate Certificate of Recognition
2010 California Assembly Certificate of Recognition
2004-Present Topanga Chamber of Commerce
2006-2008 Topanga Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
Topanga Canyon Gallery Artist Co-op/President 2009-PRESENT
10 Women Venice Artist Co-op 2008-2010
Topanga CANYON GALLERY
10 WOMEN GALLERY
The FOLKTREE GALLERY