Getting to know you Q & A
How long have you lived in Texas?
I’ve lived here for 19 years. This year marks my life right in half 19 years in the Philippines and 19 years in Texas.
Where in Texas do you live now?
I live in Garland, Texas (a suburb of Dallas).
What is your favorite restaurant in Texas?
My husband and I love Ali Baba’s which is a Mediterranean restaurant. We go there on date nights because the kids hate it. Ha!
What color is your bedroom?
Soft blue with a touch of green.
What book are you reading this week?
I’m reading Vanishing Grace by Philip Yancey and Carlson’s Guide to Landscape Painting by John E. Carlson.
Do you have a favorite television show or movie?
I love Ken Burn’s documentaries. My favorite is The National Parks. I also like Big Bang Theory because it reminds me of my husband.
What is your favorite color? What color do you avoid?
I tend to love the cooler spectrum of the wheel the blues and greens. I like most every color. There isn’t one I avoid.
What are you most proud of in your life?
By God’s grace I am growing some very sweet little girls (three). I am proud of them and the kind hearts God has given them. I’m not sure I can take credit for that but I feel great joy over watching them grow.
What has been your most embarrassing moment?
My soon to be husband was leaning over to get something and I thought he was going to kiss me and I just puckered up and waited and nothing happened! I realized, “Whoops! He’s doesn’t want to kiss me!” Talk about embarrassing! Thankfully, we got past it. Ha ha!
What jobs have you done other than being an artist?
After college I worked as a Paralegal for three years. I took a job after that being a housekeeper, dog-nanny for a sweet woman in Highland Park. She took me to Paris and Rome to help watch her dog! I also worked as a receptionist for the last year before I got married. I tried to always pick jobs that left me with time to paint at home and enough money so I could eat.
Do you have a passion or hobby other than painting? What is it?
Yes, my husband and I love to backpack and hike through woods. We did that on our honeymoon 13 years ago and still do that every anniversary. We love nature and being out in it.
Who would you love to portray in Mixed Media or paint?
I really don’t have a “who” for this question. I don’t like to paint people. I love to portray nature and the feeling that I get from it.
If you were stranded on the Texas Prairie and could only take three things what would they be?
Paintbox, map and backpack full of food (ok that’s cheating).
If you could live anywhere in Texas, where would you live?
I’d love to live near enough to Big Bend to be able to hike it and paint it. I love the sky so anywhere is really good for that. Really, I think I’d pick Dallas as it has become a city I truly love.
Share something with us that few people know about you.
I volunteer once a week to help in Juvenile Detention with girls in an RDT program (they have been trafficked into Dallas and have also been caught with drugs). We teach them life skills and art. It’s one of my favorite things to do in the week.
Name something you love and why.
I love good conversation over a cup of coffee. There are few things in this world more enjoyable to me. I guess it’s because my mind is engaged and my heart and body are warmed by the fellowship and coffee!
Describe yourself in one word.
What is one thing you would like to be remembered for?
I would love for my art to not just be something people collected but something that was generative. What I mean by that is it grew in them a spark to carry on beauty, goodness and truth. I would love to encourage young artists to seek for the good of their cities and open the eyes of the blind culture. I would love to be remembered as a window into a deeper world (for me, the spiritual world).