Born into a family that always promoted and appreciated art, I’ve always had a natural inclination for the arts in many forms. Graduating from St. John’s College with a degree in Business in 1992, I worked with Kryol Gyal Produkshans, a local media company in Belize. After gathering a year’s work experience, I moved to the US to pursue a degree in Visual Communications at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale where I graduated in 1993.

With this formal training, my creative side blossomed and lead me to ad productions, graphic arts, web design, photography, painting, writing jingles, songs, blogs, stories and poetry.

For years, I ran a hotel thinking it was the right thing to do after my mom passed. I felt I owed it to her to keep her legacy alive. It took a long time to come to grips with the fact that it didn’t serve me to do that. 12 years later, I took a leap of faith and shut down my entire life and made some changes that were not for the faint of heart.

I am now in full pursuit of my passion for allowing creativity to completely envelop my being.

Life has been a healing journey of self discovery. It comes with it many ups and downs that have lead me to evolution and revelation time and time again – a constant state of metamorphosis. I enjoy engaging with people, places and things that made me feel ALIVE! 

I am fascinated by the human experience, be it that of my own or someone else’s. Everyone has a unique and amazing story, one way or another.

I’m either telling that in a story, a poem, a drawing or a painting. I am a mom to a brilliant boy who, like me, learns differently and often has a perception of things that do not contour to the confines of a box.

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