I make art simply because it's what I'm called to do. It is as intrinsic to me as breathing or eating; without it I wouldn't be whole.
People inspire me, most often assertive women who radiate strength in moments of soft contemplation or while lost in a private thought. I find my muse while observing them in natural poses and imagine backgrounds and colors emerging from their expressions and their beings. Then, it all becomes a painting in my mind.
I use oils, interweaving thick layers of paint to convey the vibration of light and to build texture and design. At times I'll adhere elements to add relief and contrast, such as beach-washed glass or lace. Gold, copper and silver gilding also enhances the visual experience as a whole. Creating a painting is a journey of self discovery and a quest to master my craft.
Born in Puerto Rico, I spent my childhood in Old San Juan and my teenage years in Paris, France. After that, I've lived around the world since traveling is my passion and inspiration. I received a degree of Fine Arts from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and continued my art education in France, painting and teaching in Paris at my father’s studio, Atelier Arana. Alfonso Arana, was a renown Puerto Rican artist and a recipient of the French medal of honor, Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.
I exhibit my work in galleries and museums in the United States and abroad. I also teach and especially enjoy sharing the healing benefits of art with marginalized communities such as recovering addicts, detained youth in rehab programs, incarcerated individuals, and low-income cancer survivors. Recently I became the art teacher at an elementary school not far from home.
I would describe myself as a happy person, passionate about what I do, who enjoys new experiences and takes pleasure in the simple things in life.