I am an artist, photographer and graphic designer from Albuquerque’s South Valley, and have worked with non-profit organizations collaboratively building capacity or enduring long hard hours in the food service industry. Learning how to meld social discourse and cultural frustration with fine art as a teen was an opportunity as well as a challenge I met while studying after school at Working Classroom, a non-profit arts and theater organization that focuses on youth. The community at Working Classroom inspired me to continue studying art in college, graduating in 2010 with a BA in Fine Arts from the University of New Mexico. There, I co-organized and exhibited around the university and once, solo, thanks to the Art Student Association Gallery which I directed for two years. I worked with UNM’s School of Law as a student employee and Tamarind Institute of Lithography as a studio intern. It was my research on the role of contemporary photography in spatial documentation and simulation development that eventually carried me to the Geographic Information Technology program at the School of Applied Technology at CNM Community College. My pursuits in technologies and trades have enabled me to design and build picture frames, furniture, 3d geolocated models of public spaces, databases, and websites. More recently, it has enabled me to contribute my time and talents to assisting non-profit organizations with content development, delivery and management.
I draw, paint and photograph because they each can open doors to understanding what has yet to be described adequately. Images hold a great deal of illumination and meaning for many. Often the first steps we take toward solving problems, especially together, is to draw a picture or imagine a model of some kind. I am interested in processes by which communities are now telling their own stories, rather than being encased in the glossolalia of academic revisionism, and shelved in the alternative section of a used bookstore. I will help you with your yard sale.