ARTIST STATEMENT: We still live in a world where women so often don’t have a voice. Exploring feminine power and energy is integral to all that I create as an artist. I feel that energy and power everywhere in nature, which is one of the reasons why I am drawn to flora and fauna imagery in my work. The feminine is natural and good and we must honor it. We must let it speak. We must give it equal importance in every conversation. We must also recognize that it is multilayered and multifaceted. Perhaps that is why I so often render my visions and thoughts in collages, whether in traditional paper form, photography, or mixed media. I work in layers, just as the female mind and the female experience work in layers. And as I work, I often choose colors and materials that remind me of the multiple aesthetics I grew up knowing as the daughter of a Salvadoran mother and a New Yorker father who was raised in the Washington, D.C. area and traveled the world.