Michelle Cruz, New York City Member Since July 2011 Artist Statement I am a 37 year old mom of 3. I also have 1 grandchild. I am a medical assistant/photographer. I also enjoy writing poetry and short stories. I've always loved all forms of art and had always hoped to be able to make money at it. I'm not expecting fame and fortune but with teenage kids and a grandchild and 5 pets living in NYC, a little extra money wouldn't hurt. I hope all enjoy the art they see in my galleries. I came up from a tough up bringing. Much physical and mental abuse, I've never had much of anything except myself. Photography helps me deal with those days that I feel down. I have no family but my children close by. My mother passed away when my youngest child was born and that was over 12 years ago. Never knew or had a father in my life and 1 of my siblings passed away 10 years ago and the other one I haven't seen in 15 years. So when you see my photographs I hope you feel what I feel when I take them.