Source: Charlotte Observer

After her grandfather passed away, Rosa Jimenez knew she wanted to make a change in her life. That event spurred her to truly follow her dream of making a profession out of painting, the Charlotte Observer reports. 

“Life is short, and I really wasn’t happy in my job anymore. I didn’t want to be there.” Jimenez told the Charlotte Observer. “I got a studio because if I’m going to do this, I’m going to do it completely. I don’t want to say I’m going to do it and not put any investment into it. I wanted to do things 100% or not do them at all.”

Jimenez worked as an educator at Southwest Middle School and had put her passion for painting on the backburner. Painting was a way for her to express sadness, though, and she also worried that starting back up would trigger bad thoughts.

“In the back of my mind, the real reason I stopped was all I remembered when I created art was sadness,” she told the Charlotte Observer. “I didn’t want to be depressed again. I felt like art had something to do with it. I didn’t really understand it, but that was my thought.”

Now, Jimenez is a collaborating visual artist with Until All Things Arts & Media. She’s spent the quarantine honing her skills, painting homes and portraits among other things.

“I like to paint with a lot of color because that really reminds me of Mexico,” Jimenez told the Charlotte Observer. “All the houses are a million colors. I like to paint scenes that make people feel at peace.”

Read the full story on Jimenez and her artwork from the Charlotte Observer.