"4 Questions with Elena Rodriguez" | New Staff Member at Rockport Center for the Arts!

1. Where (and how) did you grow up?
I was born on a small farm in Chaulk Mountain, Texas. We had no heat or A/C. Soon after, we moved to Dallas, where I lived for 15 years. At 18, I went to college in St. Louis, and afterwards moved straight to New York City to be an artist. I was there 6 years before I decided to move back to my home state.
2. How did your upbringing affect what you do for a living now?
I was always taught to take pride in what you do. I believe in the importance of the arts and in giving back to the community.
3. What brought you to Rockport­-Fulton (and how does it differ from where you have lived previously)?
After the craziness of living in New York, I wanted to live somewhere quieter and warmer. I had been planning to move back to Texas, and I was happy to have found the job at the Art Center. Rockport is definitely different from NYC. People here know their neighbors and are more welcoming. Rockportians appreciate the environment more and focus on a more well-rounded lifestyle full of cultural activities and volunteering.
4. What are your passions?
I paint. From the moment I finish my job at the Art center til late into the night, I work in my studio. 
I also have a cat, "Stanzi," that monopolizes my affection.

(Note: We do a lot of photoshoots together (Stanzi and I) but she rarely looks happy in them.) ♥

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