What is your creative work?

Fine Artist – Painter

Tell us how you started your business / creative venture?

I was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala. At a young age, art had always been an interest I wanted to pursue. I started to compete in art contests at nine years old, trying to test my abilities. At the age of twelve, in sixth grade, I had the unique opportunity to participate in a national art contest sponsor by Iberian Airlines from Spain. On that contest, my idea of becoming an artist became a reality. This national art contest saw the participation of 42,000 kids from across the country, where only three winners would be chosen. A year after the contest had started I received a telegram telling me to attend an awards ceremony. On the day of the ceremony, my name was called for the best in show artwork and a grand prize was awarded. This is the way, my art career started at a young age.

How long have you been doing your creative work?

Over 30 years ago on and off through a lot of obstacles.

What kind of struggles did you face in your journey?

I guess one of the biggest struggles would be coming to America as a teenager. Less than a year after winning the art contest, my family and I had to leave our country due to political threats and insecurity. I had to learn the culture and language so my art dreams had to be put on hold. Once I was in high school my interest started all over again, exhibiting and participating in an art contest once again. As a young immigrant, I went to college to pursue Art and Radiology as a way to support my love for creativity. For twenty years I was an Artist and a Radiology Technologist combining my two careers to pursue my dream. Almost five years ago I decided to relocate to Atlanta looking for a new artistic journey. Taking a leap of faith and trusting my instincts I quit my radiology career to pursue my dream. Luckily, almost three years ago I had the opportunity to take art full-time and take care of my family at the same time. Hard work and a dream have gotten me to where I am now. Been an Artist is not an easy task, a lot of pieces have to come together to make it work.

Share a quote you live by. It can be yours or something else that inspires you!

The ability to create something out of nothing makes life worth the sacrifice.

Are there any products you recommend that helped you better your craft?

Odorless thinner ( has made my works space better )

How can people learn more about you and your business?

What are some resources that have helped you succeed?

Social media has help me get my work out there quicker.

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