Born in Lima, Peru, Monica immigrated to Canada in 1976 where she obtained her Bachelor of Science and Masters in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning. She also holds both, a Fine Art and an Advance Painting Certificates from Emily Carr University of Art and Designs. She lives in Vancouver and has traveled extensively throughout the world studying different art forms.Monica's energy and passion are expressed in her unique jewelry, mixed media paintings and abstract photographs. Her expressionistic, semi-abstract, highly textured mixed media paintings and jewelry draw primarily upon the natural environment and symbolism from ancient civilizations.She applies paint with brush and palette knives to produce a 3-D effect suggesting organic energy flow and movement. The complex surface and depth in her paintings are created using layers of opaque and translucent acrylic gels, inks and natural materials such as sand, paper, fabric, glass, silver dust, and stone.Monica donates a percentage of her sales to the Brooke Foundation (UK) and the SPCA in Vancouver She has donated artwork to the Children’s Heart Network Foundation, Vancouver General Hospital, Arts Umbrella, Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers, Vancouver Aquarium, among others.