MEET GRACIELA PAZ
I'm originally from Guatemala in Central America, I have a degree in Business Administration, an Art Certificate from the Glassell School of Art from the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, and a Master in Fine Arts from Houston Baptist University. Art has been following me since I was a kid, and I truly believe that you can apply your creativity everywhere. I consider myself a very creative person, but when you find yourself working for too many years in an area that doesn't make you whole, then it is time for a change. This is exactly why seven years ago I decided to stop working in business and started to work towards a new degree but this time in one of my passions - Art. For most of my life, I've still been able to dedicate my free time to arts and crafts, but just as a hobby. When I started with art classes, I started from the very beginning, and in no time, I was progressing to more complex pieces. Every day my feeling of belonging in this new endeavor was growing exponentially. I've been mostly working with mixed media paintings, but I also like to work with ceramics. The joy that art has brought to my life is immeasurable, and there is no better way of communicating with people, and the world, than through this beautiful language that we call Art.
I take my inspiration from Mother Nature. I like to create organic abstract pieces with the use of mixed media. I let my audience use their imagination as they navigate through the textures, strokes, and blend of colors to discover the unknown. I seek a better understanding of structures, systems, and micro life in nature to increase consciousness of all the unseen beauty around us. Creation, constant changes, and chaos some times are represented in my pieces, evoking depth feelings that bring joy, drama, and excitement.
Even though I use different materials and processes to create my pieces, the methodology in each of my series is consistent, focusing on the different layers overlapping and giving life to my work. By expressing my feelings and my connection with nature in my paintings, my mind surfs through paths I’ve been before and through some that just exist in my dreams.