Since I can remember art has been a strong influence in my life. I come from Mexico, a country so rich in traditions, culture and art; everything that surrounded me when I was a child living in Southern Mexico (Chiapas) has been very important in my formation as an artist.
I was fortunate to travel and lived in many states in my country which gave me the exposure to so many different art forms and traditions. This great passion for my culture motivated me to take my first class in metals at SSA in San Antonio, Texas. I had so many ideas in my heart that needed to come to life and jewelry making allowed me to do that.
My work is a big representation of my big love for my country and culture; which allows me to create pieces with much soul. I love to create pieces that represent me and that can tell a story, every piece I create is a reflection of myself.
Lorena grew up in Mexico and the time she spent there amongst the beautiful and traditional Mexican Folk Art shows in her amazing body of work that she loves to create. Each of Lorena's intriguing creations seems to hold an untold secret that keeps you guessing its true meaning with each glance.
Lorena started taking metalsmithing classes at Southwest School of Art in San Antonio; it was there were she was introduced to metal clay by the hand of Claire Holliday. Since that day she felt in love with this new wonderful medium and has been creating most of her work with it.
She has become a very active artist in wearable art. Her work has been featured in several books, magazines, and publications and countless on line articles and industry websites. Her work has also been part of gallery exhibitions.
Lorena is the author of a book called Behind the Brooch published in May 2014 by Schiffer Publishing.
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