Born in Monterrey N.L. Mexico, Stephanie Gonzalez grew up with her grandparents in Reynosa, Mexico and picked up painting from her grandfather. She began painting at the age of 14 to escape a hostile environment at home and later started developing new techniques and experimenting with different mediums. As a child, Gonzalez moved from Georgia to Mexico, then to the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. After high school, she moved to Houston, where she currently resides. Stephanie enjoys creating mixed media abstract works that reflect her emotions, graphic design work, murals and interior designs. In her work, she uses mixed media such as coffee, wine, aerosol paint, watercolors, acrylics, oil pastels, china ink. Stephanie received her BFA in Interior Design from the Art Institute of Houston in December 2011 and currently received her MFA in Painting from Houston Baptist University. She has created works for public collections such as Starwood Hotels – Le Meridien in Saigon, murals for Lot 8, famous designer Chloe Dao’s retail boutique in Rice Village, Skyline Art Services, the Make a Wish Foundation, Pearl Bar, and friends commissions; in addition to these murals, Gonzalez has also participated in many art happenings in Houston and shown her art at various galleries throughout the South Texas area. She is well versed in many design programs including Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, AutoCAD, Revit, & 3D Studios Max. Stephanie currently works as a full time fine Artist in Houston, TX. Stephanie seeks to inspire emotion with her works.