Is art cathartic for you?
Yes, visual art has always been my favorite form of self-expression. I’m also an art educator so I feel it is important to share what I’ve learned with others. I enjoy traveling and learning about people from diverse backgrounds and cultures. However I also feel it is necessary to honor my ancestors and ethnic roots. I’m proud to be from San Antonio, a city rich in cultural arts heritage.
What elements of your identity do you transfer into your art?
I identify as Tejana / Chicana. I feel that I’ve inherited certain traits and values from my parents and I try to utilize them in my work. I reflect upon my experiences with the Catholic faith, struggles with learning the Spanish language and being a woman from a Mexican American community.
Cynthia Jane Treviño is an artist and art educator from San Antonio. She received her MA in Art Education from the University of Texas in Austin. She currently resides in Portland where she teaches art and explores the Pacific Northwest with camera in hand.
See more of her work HERE.