I was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and like so many wanted to experience the American Dream. I moved to Miami with $3,000 and no English. My cousin let me stay with her for a month and I hit the ground running.
After a lifetime in the business world, I reignited my passion for art at the young age of 55, I picked up a charcoal pencil and a sketch pad and began to unleash the artist within. That was the beginning of my path to absolute creativity. I loved all forms of art, and have painted abstract using acrylic, oils, art tools, and practiced all mediums of art.
I wasn’t enjoying my career as a systems analyst any longer. It was a time to reflect, I had vivid memories of when I was eight years old. I loved to sketch Disney characters but at that time I was told by my father that art was not a real career.
At the age of 64, I was awarded the “Artist Merit & Achievement Award” by the Jerry Goldstein Foundation.
In my art studio, I surround myself with the sweet sounds of music, sometimes a gentle breeze will flow through my room, and I will occasionally glance outside my window soaking in the picturesque tree-lined street.
Today, I have been successful businesswomen for over 20 years in this country, became a United States citizen, found my true love, a mother of 2 beautiful kids, grandmother of 2, all while enjoying life on a lake in Decatur, Illinois with my wife, 3 dogs and a newfound love of art.
I finally found home within myself. A grateful heart and self-taught artist.