"Art has always been present in my life. My mother, an accomplished artist, is the base of my artistic knowledge and source of my inspiration. She not only inspired by example but gave me the freedom to discover my own creativity. One of my favorite memories is painting a mural with my sisters. My mother woke us up, one fall morning, with the idea of painting the walls leading to our bedrooms. She told us to paint anything and everything that popped into our 12,10, and 6 year old minds, transforming our walls into a masterpiece of imagination. I attribute my freedom of expression today, to that childhood memory."