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Photo: Charles Sanderson

Originally from … Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico and raised in the Southwest. My family lived in Texas, New Mexico, California and finally Arizona.

In Arizona since … 1971. I came to attend ASU as an art major and earned a bachelor’s degree in social work and a master’s in public administration. I have worked in social services for most of my life. I retired in 2009. Now I am a full-time artist and consulting part time. Really, my life has come full circle.

Why art? I love painting and the creative process. My hope is to combine two of my passions: creating art and helping others and the community. This is why a portion of the sales of my art and items sold on my website are donated to charity.

Creating art since … I was a child. My interest and passion for art has been present from the time I was a little girl growing up in a large, extended family. My art comes from those childhood experiences in Mexico, growing up in the Southwest and the memories of my grandmother telling her stories.

Artist you’d like to meet: I admire the artists from the 1900s that, as a group, worked together to influence the direction of the Mexican culture through an art movement. Siqueiros, Rivera, Kahlo and Orozco worked to educate the masses through public art. Their artistic styles and the force of their ideas had great influence in Mexican and American painting.

Past exhibits: Mujeres Brillantes: The Shining Stars of the Community, Xico Gallery, Chandler, December 11, 2009; Cesar Chavez, Sí Se Puede, ALAC La Galería, Phoenix, March 27, 2010.

On the horizon: The Strength We Hold, Estrella Mountain Community College, Avondale, August 19, 2010.

Website: www.normagarcia-torres.com

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