Part of the Filipino diaspora in the 70s, my art has been inspired by family values, traditions and a spirituality from within. My experiences formed an appreciation for the 'melting pot' I was exposed to. In childhood, it was difficult adapting to this new world and language. Often finding myself drawing endlessly for comfort. In my youth, drawing anything and writing poetry no matter where I was became my solace. In 2015, happily married with 3 young children, I wanted to find that creativity again as my 'adult life' had tucked it away for many years. I had always wanted to paint so I read articles, watched process videos and experimented with different mediums like oil, ink and acrylic. After years of painting florals I felt my practice was becoming too structured and wanted more freedom of expression. Abstract painting allows this freedom while being forgiving, compelling and meditative.