The stylized, bright prints Chayla Vazquez creates first found their way to walls of friends and fellow students at Washington University who saw her work and asked to buy it. Vazquez, originally from Tampa, Florida, is now a fourth-year neuroscience doctoral candidate at the university who studies the effects of stress on bodies. Although it seems like an unlikely pairing, science and art companionably coexist in this woman’s life.
She isn’t formally in art or graphics, but art has always been a part of her life. “My mom tells me I always had a coloring book or a paintbrush in my hands ever since I was a kid. I remember making things out of cardboard boxes and random recycled things she gave me. She’s one of those people who just inspires creativity in children.”