Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Dr. Robert Bradley

Second Advisor

Donald J. Lyles

Third Advisor

Veronica Jaeger


For as long as I have been interested in drawing, I have always been fascinated by drawing the face because of the interesting individual characteristics of values and forms. Through grad school, my series reflects painted portraits of family and symbolized family traditions, which have opened questions about why I feel so uncertain of who I am. At first, these works were made to perfect technique but later evolved into depicting the inner battle of what is expected of me in my culture and what drives my passion. Using the grid method for most pieces, and referencing photos I analyzed every value to color while trying to emphasize on the embroidered texture seen throughout my pieces. In the few years through the grad program, I learned that conviction is needed in everything I produce because this is my stand, my own creation, my family.


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