Brianna Ortiz
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Brianna Ortiz

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Visual Art – Dallas, TX

My story starts at the age of 6 when I became involved in performing arts and sports. Between me and my oldest sibling growing up I was the tomboy who would dress up, sing and dance in front of anyone and I had the most perfect spiral when I'd play football with my dad and the boys from the neighborhood. Little did I know that what I loved to do as a little girl would eventually be my passions as a woman. For 15 years, I studied music, dance and drawing In the southside of Austin, TX where I was raised. After graduating from Crockett High School in 2011 I wanted to continue my education but, my heart was directing me down a different path. Eventually I stopped doing what I loved because I became that 1 out of 4 statistic that would experience domestic violence. Easier said than done, I survived 6 years of abuse. After finding the strength to leave I immediately picked up a paintbrush the next day determined to learn a new medium. At that time I wasn't focus on learning about the different types of brushes or how to properly mix paint color, all I wanted to do was express myself a wake up that fearless girl again. After almost 7 years of no creativity, I successfully taught myself how to paint in just 2 months. Feeling motivated, I decided to collaborate with my friend Kim on my first photoshoot for exposure, practice and to build my self-esteem. What started off as 1 photographer soon turned into 3 then 4. Unexpectedly, I found myself taking an interest in modeling and slowly my confidence bloomed organically. In 2015 I joined both the "Raw Artists" and "Pancakes and Booze" organizations that help provide a platform for artists to network, display and sell their artwork. During my beginning years as an emerging artist I was working daily overtime as a mail carrier for USPS to supplement my artistic lifestyle and home. In 2018, I decided to leave my home town to start a new life in Dallas, TX. Now, after 1 year of living in DFW I am a paid model, I've showcased in 10+ art events, walked in runway shows, gotten published in multiple magazines, enrolled in modeling school, joined the "Camp Fire First" organization as an artist who I personally donate artwork to-to raise money for education, and I have sold more than 50 paintings collectively in and outside of Texas. After almost 4 1/2 years of mail delivery service, I decided to hang up my postal uniform to focus on my dreams, and well-being. As I pursue my art and modeling career full-time as well as my new hair and skin care business, my goal is to continue to create, inspire and be a positive influence on people of all ages, races and origin especially for the men and women who are victims and survivors of domestic violence. 6/22/17 - RAW Showcase ("VERSE") - Austin, TX - Emo's 4/28/2018 - Solo Showcase/Auction - Austin, TX - Art Works Gallery (Sponsored by Titos Vodka) 5/5/2018 - Pancakes and Booze - Austin, TX - The Elysium 5/30/18 - RAW Showcase ("MAGNIFY") - Houston, TX - Stereo Live 10/18/18 - "Camp Fire First" Artist Award Ceremony - Fort Worth, TX - Fort Worth Zoo 11/1/18 - RAW Showcase ("OVATION") - Denver, CO - The Church Nightclub 11/10/18 - "Camp Fire First" Art Gala - Fort Worth, TX - Fort Worth Zoo - Original piece auctioned off for $300 3/20/19 - RAW Showcase ("REFLECT") - Dallas, TX - House Of Blues 4/28/19 - Pancakes and Booze - Dallas, TX - The Doors Nightclub 10/17/19 - "Camp Fire First" Artist Award Ceremony - Fort Worth, TX - Fort Worth Zoo 11/9/19 - FLITE "Art To Freedom" Art show and fundraiser - Dallas, TX 11/16/19 - "Camp Fire First" Art Gala - Fort Worth, TX - Fort Worth Zoo ...more