I believe that growing up in Brasil close to the ocean and seeing all the movement, dancing, and music has a lot to do with my work. I mix the beach—the color of a tropical country with the ‘craziness’ of a city life—in my art. I paint daily and life is my inspiration. I am always looking around to see what is new? What is going on? How people are moving? What’s happening? Growing up in Brazil will always have a profound influence on my art. Tropical color and music are present in my work. My primary medium is acrylic. It gives me the flexibility to add layers, to experiment,to build up a piece until I am satisfied with the final idea on canvas, wood, or whichever surface I choose. Art is my addiction and therapy . My mind is always working and searching to start “fresh” in a new direction.