Self-portrait, oil on canvas

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.

From 2011-2013 Ms. Jimenez took 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. 

Ms. Jimenez believes in growing and making her artwork stronger with time. In 2018 she was part of Nicholas Wilton's 12 week Creative Visionary Mentorship Program.

Ms. Jimenez has exhibited her artwork in numerous juried art exhibitions and has received several awards. Her artwork has been published in several publications and is collected worldwide by 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, an art website for children. 


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