Through our work we have had the good fortune of seeing firsthand how success comes in every shape, size, color, faith, and orientation. More importantly we’ve learned that success is often the result of people embracing their unique backgrounds and so we’ve asked the community to tell us about their background and how it has impacted where they are today.

Liz Torres | Multi Media and Graphic Designer & Photographer

I moved here from Puerto Rico with my family with just some clothes in a bag. I left all I ever knew to start over again in Colorado.I definitely have had a lot of set backs, nothing close to what you could call a smooth experience but that’s life isn’t it? There are so many things we have no control of, and that’s ok! I have learned to adapt, accomplish my goals with what I have, and not be mad about what I don’t have. We can always make do with what we have, no matter what! If you can do a lot with little, imagine how much more you can do when you have everything you need. That is how I grew up, not waiting for life to hand me opportunities on a silver platter. This definitely wasn’t an easy transition, and I still find myself adapting today from that. It was one the hardest things I have had to do. I give major props to people who move from other cultures to the United States. Read more>>

Mayra Lockhart | Wife, Mother & Photographer

I was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The big Jesus Christ statue with his arms open you see on every “end of world” movie? That’s it. I landed in United States for the first time on Dec 2nd 2018, I was 20 years old leaving everything and everyone I have ever known behind, diving into a scary big adventure that I had no idea where it was going to end. Read more>>

Eric Hayes | Tattoo artists and fine artist

I am from Erie, Pennsylvania , specifically a small suburb called Fairview. I grew up in a tight knit community with graduating class of 160 students, most of which went to the same school district from kindergarten through 12th grade. I feel like growing up in a community where everyone grew up together and where everyone knew one another very well, it almost kept you accountable for being true to who you were because otherwise someone would call you on it. That being said I had great art teachers all throughout school and they all pushed me to take my art to the next level, and were always very helpful in showing be how to expand my artistic talent Read more>>