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ABOUT THE ARTIST
I enjoy painting people -- either of a character I imagined, or a more abstract representation of people I know. I like painting them on large canvases and enjoy piecing elements into the painting one by one until the person or character becomes part of this made up backdrop. I like to play around with brush strokes, colors, and textures and pattern.
I also enjoy creating abstract representations of human experiences. When I paint abstractly, I am able to go beyond normal physical attributes and simply focus on the emotion and experience. Once again, because I paint spontaneously, I like to work on large surfaces to be able to express freely.
I grew up in Manila, Philippines and have lived in Tucson, San Francisco, Phoenix, and for the past 10 years have lived in the beautiful and historic Steveston Village in Richmond B.C. (close to Vancouver)and love everything about it!
My journey as an artist started as a young child... creating paper dolls, christmas ornaments, hair accessories, stuffed animals, dresses, homes and furniture for my Barbie dolls...and the list goes on. In my teenage years, I wrote scripts for short plays, was an actor, director and costume designer for various drama club plays, and I even dabbled into fiber arts...
Thinking back, most of my fond memories were of times when I was creating something.
In spite of being drawn so much to creativity, I didn't think it would lead to anything serious. In fact, I went on to study business (a BS and an MBA!) and was a sales and marketing professional for several years. It was only when I had children and had time off from work that I was once again reunited with my creative pursuits... I always looked forward to my free time and got engrossed in sewing and designing children's clothing, firing glass art, graphic design... and at long last I was finally acquainted with my true passions... painting and photography. Life has been a joyous ride ever since!
BORN: 1976, Philippines
Lives and works in Vancouver, B.C.
2013 FEDERATION OF CANADIAN ARTISTS
2013: Artistworks Online School with Justin BUA
2013: Phoenix Art Workshop with Mark Glavina and Leo Hu
2007: Yervant Workshop
2007: Jesh De Rox Seminar
2000: University of Arizona, USA MBA in Marketing
1997: De La Salle University, Philippines BS Economics
Regent International Corporate Display, Ongoing
Vernissage, 2011, Vancouver BC
OPENSTUDIO 2013, 2014, Abook Magazine
MATADOR AND BULL, April 2012, Bello Magazine
TOMBOY, January 2012, C-Heads Magazine
DARIEN, January 2012, Bello Magazine
MORTAR AND PESTLE, January 2012, Fame'd Magazine
BRETHREN OF THE COAST, January 2012, Chaos Magazine
DEVIL'S DEN, Chaos Magazine, January 2012, Chaos Magazine
TAKE IT TO THE STREET, December 2011, Chaos Magazine
NOT SO FRAGILE, November 2011, Bello Magazine
HAPPY MORNING, November 2011, C-Heads Magazine
ECHORAIN- UNDER THE WEST COAST UMBRELLA, November 2011, Fame'd Magazine
SHIFT TO NEUTRAL, October 2011, Kenton Magazine
HELLO WONDERLAND, October 2011, C-HEADS
KNIT HAPPY, September 2011, Fantastics Magazine
SECRET, September 2011, Bello Magazine
LIKE THE BOYS, August 2011, Kenton Magazine
WHY NOT, July 2011, See7 Magazine
BACK TO WONDERLAND, June 2012, Chaos Magazine
COLOR ME BOLD, May, 2011, Bello Magazine
DRAMA QUEEN, April 2011, C-Heads Magazine
DOLLFACE, April 2011, Ben Trovato
FEAR OF FLYING, March 2011, Chaos Magazine
LAZY DAISY, March, 2011, Ben Trovato
LIBERTY LOVED A BOY, March 2011, Chaos Magazine
STORY OF A GIRL, March 2011, String Magazine
MYSTICAL UNION, January 2011, IKI Magazine
INNER STRANGER, January 2011 String Magazine
FOR MELITA, January 2011, IKI Magazine
ONCE UPON AN ADVENTURE, January, 2011, String Magazine
THE SPIRITS, December 2010, String Magazine
BRUSH STROKES, November 2010, Fame'd Magazine
GONE WEST, August 2010, String Magazine