Coming from a migrant family, I could not go to school until I was 12 years old but once in school, I loved to study and worked hard to catch up. My art history classes were especially rich and wonderful. After graduating high school, I received a scholarship to the San Francisco Art Institute. Once there, I decided not to become a Minimalist painter, which was the favored style at the time. I looked for other ways to be creative, paint in bright colors and still be allowed to continue my studies. Fortunately, I found an outlet in the San Francisco Latino Community: various organizations needed murals. I recruited the only three Latina students at the Art Institute to help me paint murals in the Mission District of San Francisco. We called ourselves the “Mujeres Muralistas Mural Group" and collaborated on murals from 1970-80.