Studied Art at Occidental College in Los Angeles with artists:
Many influences impact my artwork: my Mexican heritage, my musical family, and Jewish upbringing. I give credit to the side of the family from Mexico City for my color palette that boldly ranges the spectrum of bright, unadulterated colors. When visiting there, I am stricken with the presence of unapologetically vivid colors that permeate the City, so much so that it has greatly impacted my preferences in color palette.
My paintings are also informed by the rich culture of music in my extended family. My father is a rigorously conceptual abstract composer, and growing up with his compositions exposed me to the vitality of abstraction. My mother is an accomplished flutist who played in many orchestras and taught flute at home, supplying me with a constant soundtrack to stir my senses. My step-father owned a New Age record label and is a remarkable composer and pianist, introducing me to the profound possibilities of spirituality in the artistic process. Inspired by concerts as well as the live music in our homes, my sister and I played many instruments growing up, allowing me to tap into the expressive possibilities of multiple voices. My paintings visibly echo the energy of music and sounds that I invoke from memory or hear while creating artwork. Sena Jeter Naslund sums it up well in Ahab’s Wife or the Star Gazer: “When I heard a sound, I wanted to look directly at whatever thing it was that caused that sound and know its color” (95).
Finally, Jewish values contribute greatly to my artistic practice. For years, my grandmother and I have philosophized big questions in terms of our Jewish roots, thus prompting me to consider the relationship between my artistic and Jewish practices. I understand Judaism to highlight the value of artistic exploration as a meaningful mode of questioning and wondering. Living a Jewish life activates my inclination to dynamically interpret life and create art that engages the artist and the audience.