I’ve been a member of VAA for over 10 years. I joined when I first moved to Houston and knew very little about the art scene here. I needed to build up my portfolio, meet artists, and show my work. VAA filled all those needs and more. My involvement in VAA shows has paid off; I won both first place and an honorable mention award and I had a high dollar sale. I’ve attended several meetings where I learned about new media, visited great artist’s studios, and even led a workshop myself. Now I show in lots of galleries around the U.S. and here in Houston. VAA has helped me to reach my goals.