Cecilia Martinez has always had a love for the arts, especially the written word. She is an established and published writer and poet, with her work being recognized all over the world, from New York to the Philippines. But it wasn’t un-til her father’s unexpected death as a result of a homicide in September 2015 that she became completely immersed in the visual arts as a therapeutic outlet and a form of self-expression to cope with his loss. As a tribute to her father, who was an artist himself, Cecilia mixes her own beliefs of the soul, positivity, and the self to create what she calls “spiritual mixed media art,” which incorporates all kinds of art forms – from painting, to drawing, and more. While still relative-ly new to the art scene, she has already had her work exhibited in 11 venues since October 2016 in locations such as LITM, Issyra Gallery, and 107 Bowers Gallery and Artspace, as well as at the Flagship Gallery as part of last year’s Jer-sey City Arts and Studio Tour. She also recently branched out on her artistic styles, creating pop art, collages, and more while still focusing on the spiritual messages in her art.