MERCEDES’ INTEREST IN ART & DESIGN WAS INFLUENCED BY HER CALIFORNIAN FAMILY WHO PURSUED CAREERS IN DIFFERENT FIELDS OF THE ARTS. THEIR LOVE OF ANIMALS WOULD ALSO PROVE TO BE A GREAT INFLUENCE IN HER LIFE & ART. SHE FOLLOWED IN THEIR PATH & EARNED A DEGREE IN ART FROM SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERISTY WITH A SPECIALTY IN PRINTMAKING.

ARTIST STATEMENT:

I LIKE EVERYTHING ABOUT THE OIL PAINTS, THEIR COLORS, SMELL, TEXTURE & THE PROCESS OF MOVING THEM AROUND THE CANVAS. THEY HELP ME ACHIEVE “EXPRESSIVE REALISM” WHICH BEST DESCRIBES MY WORK. I WANT THE LIGHT TO TRAVEL THROUGH MY CANVAS & MAKE ITS OWN RYTHEM FOR PEOPLE TO ENJOY.