I was born and raised in The Dominican Republic where I lived until I was in my early 20s. Growing up in a tropical island allowed me to spent most of my childhood exploring the outdoors, and playing creatively with the objects I found in nature. I was drawn to art at a very young age, and loved drawing from my imagination. I began my formal training in drawing at the age of ten, and after finishing high school went to study at Altos de Chavon, an Art School in the Dominican Republic affiliated to Parsons School of Design in New York. In 1992 I moved to the United States, and lived in Florida for 3 years before moving to New York City in the summer of 1995. I continued my Art studies at Parsons School of Design where I graduated with a BFA in Illustration, and completed one year of study towards an MFA in Design and Technology. I worked mostly as an Illustrator and a Graphic Designer until I became a Teaching Artist in 2006, and began to work with clay and painting.
My interest in art teaching evolved out of volunteering in my son’s art classes during his school elementary years. I discovered that I loved sharing art with children, and greatly enjoyed watching their deep involvement in the process of art making. I currently work for Clay Art Center and ArtsWestchester teaching clay to children. I’m also attending Lehman College towards an MFA in Printmaking and Art Education Certification.