About Gladys Jimenez
Gladys Jimenez was born in Los Angeles, CA in 1963. She has travelled to over 20 countries abroad, and has lived in Mexico for several years. She currently lives in San Diego, CA.
While Ms. Jimenez has always been a creative person (in high school she created the posters for art production department, the flyers and programs for the high school theater, and in her senior year she created the school mural), it was her summer trip to Europe in 1985 that inspired her to use oil as her preferred painting medium.
Ms. Jimenez first juried art exhibit was in 1986 at the Barnsdall Municipal Art Gallery in Hollywood CA. Ms. Jimenez had a buyer for her painting the first day of exhibit.
Although Ms. Jimenez has taken the equivalent of two full-time years of fundamental art classes at CSUSM and Palomar College in San Marcos CA where she studied under Michael Steirnagle, Ken Joudrey and Steven Curry to name a few, she considers herself a self-taught artist.
Ms. Jimenez has exhibited her artwork in numerous juried art exhibitions and solo shows. She has received several awards. Her artwork has been published in several publications and is collected by national and international collectors.
Ms. Jimenez taught art in public schools for 18 years and is the founder of Boldly Creating Life Foundation, a non-profit organization that raises funds to provide school supplies to elementary schools that do not have an art program. She is also the founder of HappyScribbles.net, an art website for children.
I have always been an artist at heart, though my background has been Real Estate. Real estate was good to me, but I clearly remember at the beginning of 2009 feeling sad, as though part of me was dying. I wasn't sure what was happening but I felt I had lost part of me along the way and just couldn't shake that feeling off. My daughter was getting ready to go to college in the fall of 2009, and she told me before she left that real estate was not for me, that I should do something I love.
Here she was telling me what I would often remind my children, to follow their dreams, so I hired a life coach to help me walk through the dark place I found myself in. My coach asked me what would I do if money was not an issue and I blurted out "I would paint all day." He asked me why I was not painting? I confessed I wasn't sure I could make a living out of my art. I will never forget what he told me next. He said: "How sad that you don't believe in your art." Those words knocked me down. How true they were!
I began to paint and my sadness quickly left, in came total bliss every time I painted. There was joy in my soul and a feeling of being alive, grateful, and love seemed to just flow through me. It was then that I made a commitment to never give up on my art again.
In 2011 my son went away to college and I too went back to college to take all those art classes I always wanted to take after high school but couldn't at that time.
By the summer of 2013 I had completed all the fundamental art classes equivalent to 2 full-time years of college credit. I enjoyed every class, and felt my artwork got stronger because of those classes.
Since then I have won art awards, my paintings have been published in several publications, and my artwork sells nationally and internationally, and though it has not always been easy, I am doing what I love.
Even though I realize that it's not really my art, as I am just a tool for the Creative Source to express what needs to be expressed, every single work I create is with the intention of bringing beauty, healing, and love to those who feel a pull to it.
If you are one of my collectors or a fan of my work, know that I am honored to be of service to you and grateful for your support.
Gladys painting mural in 1981, at John Marshall High School, Griffith Park, CA.