Mercedes’s preferred subjects are animals and themes taken from nature, depicted in oil and acrylic on canvas. She has a BS from Fashion Institute of Technology and discovered her interest in art while studying there. She studied graphic design at Queens College, the School of Visual Arts, and the Art Students League. She was awarded a Blue Ribbon Juror’s Award from the Nazareth College Gallery in Pittsford, NY. She is a regular exhibitor at The Gallery at HAI in New York City. Fountain Gallery presented her work in the solo exhibition Old World Vignettes and in the four-person show Outsider?. Mercedes’s whimsical dog portraits were snapped up by collectors at the 2015 Outsider Art Fair.