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She Quit the World of Finance to Become a Full-Time Artist

The annual Bayou City Arts Festival is Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 8-9, 2016). The event features more than 300 artists showcasing their work. One of the featured artists is Dania Olivares, a mixed-media artist whose paintings often include bright colors, varied materials — like newsprint — and sometimes feature pop-culture adaptations of other famous artwork […]

Artwork by Dania Olivares. (Image Courtesy: Doko Casual Art Design | <A HREF="http://www.dokocasualart.com/">dokocasualart.com</a>)The annual Bayou City Arts Festival is Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 8-9, 2016). The event features more than 300 artists showcasing their work.

Artist Dania Olivares. (Image Courtesy of the Artist/via Facebook)One of the featured artists is Dania Olivares, a mixed-media artist whose paintings often include bright colors, varied materials — like newsprint — and sometimes feature pop-culture adaptations of other famous artwork — such as recreating the famous Abbey Road album cover, but replacing the Beatles' heads with those of Star Wars characters.

But Olivares wasn't always an artist. She has a bachelor's in economics, and a couple years ago was living in Monterrey, Mexico, when she was offered a job in finance. But for some reason, she had reservations about signing the contract — even though at the time her family needed the money.

She tells Michael Hagerty about the leap of faith she took to follow her dreams.

(Above: One of Dania Olivares’ paintings, called “Purple Forest.” Image Courtesy: Doko Casual Art Design. Right: Artist Dania Olivares. Image Courtesy: Dania Olivares/via Facebook)

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Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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