Fine art, celebrating life, fun, family and color.

The Elephantworks Studio

My Story

Briefly...



I have always been creating, drawing, doing all my life. Now as an adult, I realize that this making has been motivated as  the result of being sexually assaulted multiple times as a child by males--my creative methodology of dealing with my pain was making.


Now I am putting art to work for me! I have been an advocate for the arts, for well-rounded education of our children and creativity all my life.


I get excited getting others excited about the arts! Art education is a powerful tool to help us remember who we are, our culture and dream about our future. The arts empower either by making or appreciating them. Plus the arts, making, being creative--help everyone to heal. Women and girls who have been sexually assaulted can use making to heal.  Sometimes healing is just learning how to be satisfied with when one is today. Doesn't mean one has to stay in that place--we can move as we see fit. But sometimes the world seems kinda bossy about how one should heal, how fast one should heal and in what methods healing should take place.


In addition to these horrid  childhood experiences I grew up in poverty, deserted by my father who lives comfortably in California. I grew up in poverty in  a single parent home. My mom is just awesome! What a hard worker! She has been my inspiration with  elephants, as they are single parents, matriarch takes care of everything, males only come to the  heard when wanting to mate.  My mom has been such strong leader--a strong woman, a great example for me and for women and girls everywhere. She was always encouraging, supportive and kept me supplied with great art supplies. How can I not appreciate that kind of love?  (Thanks Mom!)


ART/DESIGNER--Creating original works of art and so much more including:

  • Community art projects

  • Curator

  • Service projects (India, Michigan, Pennsylvania)

  • Private commission, new work in oil & watercolor (with art shown in museums, galleries and corporate spaces & limited edition prints)

  • Designing new lines and brands

  • Creating licensing opportunities/ iPhone app/Card designs

ADMINISTRATION-Strategic planning, grant writing, marketing including:

  • Program assessment/development/implementation
  • Creating  a cohesive brand for organizations
  • Budgeting
  • Ordering supplies
  • Strategic planning
  • Staff motivation and moral
  • Successful grant writing

professional skills

ARTS ADVOCATE--Working to teach the power of INCLUSIVE creativity:

  • curriculum development to facilitate teaching with inclusion of arts makers within the classroom

  •  Assisting teachers with supplies and funding in urban and rural locations

  • Sharing how service learning empowers the disenfranchised

  • Community art projects to build communities up

  • Advising school districts to include the visual arts grades K-12

  • International presenter on successful art education practices

ART EDUCATOR--Working to teach the power of creativity in communities through:

  • curriculum development

  • teaching, and being creating in urban and rural locations

  • Teaching service learning practices

  • Community art projects

  • Advising other teachers with how to implement cross-curriculum activities in the classroom with the arts

  • international presenter on successful art education practices

education

 

As of fall 2108--Doctoral Student at Penn State University in art education and adding (hopefully) women's, gender and sexuality studies--to complete the PhD as the duo-degree.


MRS  in Marriage and Life with Mr. Fernandez


MOM in Parenting our three bouncy children & various pets with Mr. Fernandez


HRDNOCS in Life, experience is truly the best most frustrating and rewarding teacher


MA in Arts Administration--University of Michigan


MA in Arts Education--Eastern Michigan University


BS in Art Education--University of Michigan, Flint


BFA in Painting--University of Michigan, Flint


I have always had a passion for elephants,  my denied heritage of Sri Lanka,  endangered animals, the family as a subject matter, books & text--you can see these elements in my work. I am asking the question what makes humans better?  I include woman-voice in my work--"woman-voice" is inclusion of the perspective, opinions, works with, and themes that are important to women, female and those who identify as such.


I love to get small groups, large groups and my students excited about what can be accomplished through the visual arts. Want to spice up your boring company picnic? Want to create some new connections with your students or community group? Call me! Email me! I have ideas that will work for you!


Plus now I am changing direction. I am out of the classroom as a teacher--and back in as a student as I work on my PhD at the Pennsylvania State University. I am continuing the series, "Skin, Hair, Water and Earth," a series of 50 watercolors, 22x30 inches. I am about half complete--see the mini-series within to celebrate the Deaf Community!


I am working new social group, Fat Chicks Running! to promote the wellness of women in Centre County,PA as I work in State College.  I will  travel and speak about how running, eating really well (ditchin' those bad carbs!) and yoga have prevented me from getting diabetes and helped me fight back against hypothyroidism.  I know it can help you too!


If women cannot take care of themselves how can anyone expect us to be taking care of  others?To complete all the awesome things in this life we have to complete we need to put OUR health FIRST!


 Join Me in Centre County!