Jaquelyn Martis is an up-and-coming artist whose passion for creating beautiful art, and involvement in social justice causes, inspired her to design “La Nopalita.” This art piece is a mixed-media type of visual art. The piece was inspired by her Mexican American heritage and her profession as Social Worker.
A native of El Paso, Texas, she grew up as a military child stationed throughout the United States, from Seattle, WA to Puerto Rico. While maintaining her cultural identity intact, she embraced experiences and diverse cultures at each city where she lived.
Her life as a military child gave her a unique perspective into human interactions and social norms; tools she frequently relies upon to address social concerns. After enduring eight transfers as a military child, Jaquelyn returned to El Paso to attend The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) where she received a Bachelor’s Degree of Social Work.
As a student, she witnessed injustice aimed at women in the borderland. She was captivated by their resiliency and was inspired to join their cause whenever possible. Jaquelyn is a self-taught artist who works with a wide range of media, from clay to smelting.
At the young age of four, Jaquelyn’s father gifted her an art pack with more colors than she had ever known, and has yet to stop painting ever since. Her mother instilled in her the importance of community and inspired her to volunteer, educate others, and stand up against hardship.
Armed with her life-long experiences, Jaquelyn aspires to become a well-rounded Artist, and be an advocate for social justice as a Social Worker and teacher.
Her accomplishments include being recognized in the 2008 Texas State University’s art competition where she used recycled paper, cardboard, and wood to create a beautiful art piece.
Other artwork was exhibited in the Corpus Christi Museum of Art as part of the “Celebration of Mexican Tradition.”
Jaquelyn’s artwork was featured in a Breast Cancer awareness exhibit, where she generously offered the art piece to promote fundraising opportunities.
Jaquelyn was honored when selected to display a “Dia de los Muertos” exhibit at the El Paso Museum of Art in 2017.