Tell us about yourself.
As a child, I was very interested in drawing, colour and nature. When I was 20 years old, a family friend who owned a jewelry store asked me if I wanted to work for him and he would teach me the art of jewelry-making. Until that point, I don’t think I had ever set a foot in a jewelry store. However, he began teaching me and I absolutely loved it. It was fascinating working with gold and silver. Creating pieces from melted metal was just a surreal experience for me. After five years working with and learning from him, I decided to go to Canada to study Jewelry and pursue it as a professional career. I believe at that moment I was set to follow my passion not for painting but for jewelry.
I was born and raised in Venezuela, but there, it is very difficult to pursue any artistic career. In fact, while I was working at the jewelry store, I was studying Business Administration because it was supposed to be my professional career and jewelry was just a pastime. I chose to move to Canada to study and have a professional career as a jewelry maker.