Sculptor, Teacher, Facilitator
With a sense of gratitude, prayer, and a sense of wonder, I offer
to you a unique experience sharing my art through the virtual galleries of Galeria Mariposa.
My wish is that the art I show at Galeria Mariposa and
art shows across the counrty, the classes and workshops I facilitate and teach, touches a place in your soul that desires
to be reawakened, remembered and expressed. We are all artists and must say "yes" to the expression of our souls.
It is important and an honor to share our "internal treasures".
The images I create in clay come from a wellspring of love, deep within my heart
and soul, a source that wants to be expressed and manifested. Some pieces come from moments of supplication and some
I sculpt because
I must! It is rooted deep within me. I believe sculpting comes from the same place that the poets create from when they write.
So many times after I have read a poem, my heart rejoices from feeling one with the words, one with expression of the soul
of the poet that finds the universal soul that wants to be born. The sculptor, painter, poet, dancer, musician and all
who create, bring forth from deep within themselves what wants to be born. For me, the birth of a sculpture from
within the clay is a form of prayer.
turning point expanding my creative process was gifted to me when I observed an older woman looking at one of my sculptures, a
portrait of a Native American elder. The woman viewing my piece had tears rolling down her cheeks. With some hesitation,
I asked her to share her feelings. She said "This woman is giving me so much compassion and love, and I can not contain
it." I had created this piece while embracing my feelings of wholeness when every side of you is acknowledged and
honored. Her reaction was an affirmation that as I explore and expose my art to others, I am able to touch deep places
within one's soul.
A piece I
sculpted and named "Mary" occupies a special place in a friend's home. She says, "I remember the first time
I saw Estela's statue. My special needs daughter stopped in front of "Mary" and was brought to silence. I asked
her what she was thinking about. She told me that looking at the sculpture made her feel so peaceful. That was the beginning
of a wonderful relationship with our lady, Mary. She holds a special place in our home, with her head tilted down, an
understanding smile, and her hand on her heart. No matter what life's moments present themselves, from joy to sorrow,
and laughter to contentment, her abiding peace is always with us."
I am blessed that I have been able to travel extensively and had the opportunity
to connect and share my soul with all kinds of artists. In particular my adventures in Bali have influenced my life
and my art. Everywhere I turned in Bali I was exposed to different kinds of artistic expression. The Creative Spirit
was expressed in wood and stone carvings, clay statues, textiles, music, dance, exotic jewelry, and bright colored paintings,
all as a form of of prayer connecting to the Divine.
In addition to showing my work through Galeria Mariposa, I display at jurored and open art
shows across the country. Many of my sculptures are on display in the gardens of Windrise, my retreat center located
in Metamora, Michigan . Please visit our website http://www.windrise.com/.
TCHm Birmingham Community House: Our Town show, Birmingham MI. 2016
MOMA (Museum of Modern Art), Armada MI 2016
Detroit Society of Women Painters and Sculptors: "Femmes Detroit" show.
Grosse Pointe Arts Center 2015
Guild of Michigan, 194 Gallery. Lapeer MI 2015
Padzieski Gallery; The Artists Among Us. Awarded Best of Show. Dearborn MI 2015
TCH, Birmingham Community House: Our Town show. Birmingham MI.
Northville Art House: 7th Annual West
of Center Show. Northville, MI 2015
show: The Many Faces of God, Oakland County Executive Offices, Waterford MI 2015
Detroit Institute of Art Museum: Ofrenda
Exhibit. Detroit, MI. 2014
Park West Gallery:
Michigan Top Artist Finalists show. Southfield, MI. 2014
Detroit Historical Museum: Detroit MI. 2014
TCH, Birmingham Community House: Our Town show, Birmingham MI. 2014
Detroit Contemporary Gallery: Detroit MI, 2014
Anton Gallery: Mount Clemens MI. 2014
Global Art Peace Project: International art exchange, 2014
Dancing Dog Gallery: Ann Arbor MI. 2014
Pontiac Creative Art Center: Pontiac MI. 2014
Detroit Artist Market Gallery: Detroit MI. 2014
Grosse Pointe Art Center; Grosse Pointe MI. 2014
The Alfred Berkowitz Gallery, University of Michigan-Dearborn, Dearborn MI.
“Emerging”, a one woman
show. The Society for Fine Arts of Detroit, at The Players Club, Detroit MI. 2013
SOHO20 Chelsea Gallery; New York, NY. 2013
Padzieski Art Gallery; Wayne County Council for the Arts, History and Humanities at, Henry Ford Center.
Best of Show Award. Dearborn MI. 2013
Scarab Club; Detroit MI. 2013
Art Walk with Detroit Institute of Art; Lincoln Park, MI. 2013
Grosse Pointe Art Center; Grosse Pointe City, MI. 2013
Merge Gallery; Detroit Society of Women Painters and Sculptors, Oxford, MI. 2013
Grosse Pointe Art Center; 75th Members’ Show. Received Dombrowski
Award. Grosse Pointe City, MI. 2013
Creative Art Center, ; “Hispanic Artists” show. Pontiac, MI. 2013
Grosse Pointe Arts Center; Grosse Pointe MI, 2013
555 Gallery; Detroit MI. 2013
Pontiac Creative Art Center; Pontiac, MI, 2012
Galeria Mariposa; gallery owner and resident artist. Works on display. Grosse Pointe Woods, MI.
2010 through 2012
The Society for Fine Arts
of Detroit, at Players Club; One woman show “The Solar Feminine”. Detroit, MI. 2011
Padzieski Art Gallery; The Detroit Society of Women Painters & Sculptors,
Dearborn MI. 2011
Windrise Retreat Center;
One woman show, Metamora, MI. 2011
Pointe Art Center; Grosse Pointe City, MI. 2011
Valade Center; The Detroit Society of Women Painters & Sculptors show, Detroit MI. 2011
Grosse Pointe Art Center; . Honorable Mention award. Grosse Pointe City, MI.
Grosse Pointe Arts Center; Grosse
Pointe Woods, MI, 2009
Shoreham Gardens; Personal
collection show, Grosse Pointe, Woods, MI. 2006
Gallery; “All Women Show”, Chicago, IL. 2002
My sculpting studio and Galeria Mariposa is located on the grounds of Windrise Retreat Center where I host other
sculptors and teach students. Visit my virtual gallery at www.galeriamariposa.net to view my portfolios.
Windrise Retreat Center:
I founded Windrise Retreat Center in 1993 as a place for art and spiritualty to flourish. The center is
located on a 140 acre estate in Metamora MI with a secluded woodland setting offering trails and river vistas. Windrise
hosts retreats that support women empowerment, spiritual growth and artistic expression. The Windrise grounds and gardens
are also a setting for my sculpture exhibitions as shown on www.windrise.com.
Masters in Education from Escolapias College,
of Creative studies, Detroit MI.
Institute for Spiritual Formation 1996 to 2002
The Detroit Society of Women Painters and Sculptors
Women’s’ Caucus of the Arts
Michigan Sculptor's Guild
International Biennale Artist
Fine Arts Society of Detroit
3630 Thornville RD, Metamora MI 48455
Cell: 313-407- 0953
(313) 407-0953 E-mail: email@example.com
and Saint Clair Shores, MI