Patricia Perez first demonstrated a profound interest in art at the age of five while observing her maternal grandmother make crafts and sew her own clothes from hand drawn patterns. At nine years old, she learned to manipulate oil paint on canvas by watching re-runs of Bill Alexander’s, The Joy of Oil Painting on PBS. During her high school years, she painted replicas of the Sistine Chapel onto commissioned antique furniture pieces and explored self-portrait color pencil drawings. Patricia studied at The School of the Art Institute for a year when she realized her passion was rooted in the process of making art and sharing those ideas with others. She wanted to bridge creativity and community to provide art experiences for everyday people. Patricia finished her art degree at Northeastern Illinois University in 2010. She continues instructing art classes full-time and is currently studying social work.