His earliest memories of painting include watching artist Bob Ross’ instructional videos with his grandfather at his home in Reynosa, Mexico. Once she started using the techniques she learned from Ross and her grandfather, she realized she could escape the three-dimensional plane through painting.

“I started painting a lot while in high school in Pharr, Texas. My family had moved from Mexico to Texas for better life, and I struggled to feel like I didn’t belong there. Later, I felt like I didn’t belong in Mexico either.

She felt torn between two worlds, both geographical and emotional. “[I also had] to deal with the concealment of my sexuality and my identity.

She turned to art as a form of escape. “It was while I was trying to escape that I found my true calling. There was nothing that made me feel so free [as art]. I knew I had to do art for the rest of my life.

Gonzalez, 34, from Monterrey, Mexico, earned a bachelor’s degree in interior design from the Art Institute of Houston and a master’s degree in painting from Houston Baptist University.

His public murals and collections can be seen at Starwood, Le Méridien, Saigon, Lot 8, Chloe Dao Boutique, Skyline Art Services, the Make a Wish Foundation office in the Stafford area, and the Pearl Bar in Houston.

His list of accolades is long, including honors from the Glassell School of Art in Houston, the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art, and Rising Eyes of Texas. She has worked in a wide variety of media including spray paint, watercolor, acrylic, oil, pastels and India ink. She also incorporates elements of lighting and music into her work.

“Art is a feeling,” she says. “It can take many forms. It is not limited to a canvas, a paint and a brush. Art is life – a way to connect with the people around us and in the world.

Gonzalez explains that his best work comes from playing and exploring – and it shows. His pieces are filled with movement and inherent playfulness. “I’m just the vessel for the job. I use mixed media and acrylic to convey an idea that came to me from an unknown source.

For her, it is not for the viewer to understand her work, but rather to be moved by it.

And it’s hard not to be moved. Colors and shapes, lines and designs, strokes and remnants combine to make viewers want to linger and absorb the paintings further.

His works are beautiful, but this beauty is more like a happy by-product than a studied calculation.

“They say good art should document the times. I also believe that art can distract from the times,” Gonzalez notes. “Art can lighten the heaviness of existence a little. Artists of the Dada movement took a different path and created works that did not focus on representation [the horrors of World War I].

“We tend to forget that problems will always arise because humans don’t see that we are one. But I find it beautiful that people with different beliefs can meet while enjoying art.

“As long as we have art, we have a connection. Creating and appreciating art goes hand in hand with stopping to smell the roses in an ever-changing universe where the natural state of things is – and always will be – chaos.

Gonzalez is currently working on a multimedia series titled Geometric landscapes, for which she creates serene landscapes using acrylics on canvas, paper and scrap wood. She is also working on a series called Earth Forms.

For more information, visit megustapintarsi.com or @me_gusta_pintar_si on Instagram.

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