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I’m a first-generation US born, Mexican Indigenous woman.  I picked up a camera over two years ago as a response and desire to preserving and reconnecting to my community after a 3 year creative block and loss.

For my work in general it is about creating a connection to community and to people who have similar struggles, pains, desires and dreams.  I use my camera as a storytelling tool to document people and places that I encounter in my daily life.

I attended the California College of the Arts on a full ride scholarship from 2003-2006.  I graduated with a BFA in Fashion Design and Art in Community.  During my time at CCA I took a mentorship with Professor, Human Rights Activist and Artist, Claudia Bernardi, where I learned to bridge my art work to create and implement community based workshops and art classes.

From 2005-2017 I worked as an Art Instructor, Youth Counselor and Case Manager in classroom, community and inpatient facilities with foster care and migrant youth and adults with developmental disabilities, where I created and implemented art classes and workshops for behavioral rehabilitation, healing and artistic expression.  I advocated and collaborated with community partners to meet children and family needs.  I also got the opportunity to curate and show my students and clients work in galleries and museums.

I have shown my work in varies galleries and centers.  I have made costumes for the stage, worked in medium size fashion houses and have styled films and fashion photoshoots.

I can provide a CV upon request.