Artwork by JCaffee Cruz

My Story
I am an artist, illustrator, and educator. I can't remember a time when I wasn't drawing or painting. Even as a young girl, friends an family loved watching me draw and see my subjects come to life. I find myself drawing everything, paying close attention to the tiny details other artists prefer to leave out.  

My art kept maturing as I did, but at the age of 14, I was hit with the news that I had Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, a crippling disease. I didn't realize what it could do to me, but I was determined to continue creating art. I continued on, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts from West Texas State University in 1985.  

My favorite medium is pencil, but I enjoy the challenge of watercolor. I have recently begun experimenting with colored pencils as well. My favorite subjects are people because of their diverse character, though lately I find myself being drawn to other textural subjects. 
 I have done commissioned artwork for many years, and has clients from all over the United States, and as far away as Oman, Germany, and Bahrain.  

Currently I teach art classes part-time for El Paso Community College. I am blessed to continually have great students who enjoy learning and become extended family.  

I am always on the look-out for art waiting to be created, carrying a camera with me almost always. The people and scenery around me fascinate me no matter where I am. I was born and raised in southwest Kansas, and in 2001, married and became a military spouse. Our family has lived in El Paso since 2004, where I quickly became involved in the art scene. I am a member of El Paso Art Association and Rio Bravo Watercolorists.
2017 – EPAA’s Arts International – Flo Estes Navar Memorial Award for Backyard Brilliance

2017 – RBW’s Wonderful World of Watermedia Show – 2nd place for Beauty in Balance

2016 - EPAA’s Arts International – Lelaroy Williams Memorial Award for Beauty in Balance

2016- RBW’s Wonderful World of Watercolor Show- Best of Show for second time around

2015 -RBW's Wonderful World of Watercolor Show- First place Watercolor for The Parisian Artist

2015- EPAA's Arts International Show Lelaroy Williams Memorial Award for In the Kansas Sun

2014 - EPAA's Arts International Show- Best of Show for The Veteran

2014 - Tommy Alford Memorial Award - Rio Bravo Watercolorists Arts of March

2013 - EPAA's Colors of Spring Show - Best of Show for Spring Morning

2011 - Arts International Show- Juror's Recognition Award for Rest for the Weary

2011 - Rio Bravo Watercolorist's Arts of March- 1st Place Italian Garden

2010 - Sun Bowl Show Blue Ribbon Award - Summer Fun 

2009 - Arts International Show - Best of Show Chilis Left Behind 

2006 - Colors of Spring Show- Best of Show for Olive

JCaffee-Cruz Artworks are copyrighted and may not be copied, reproduced, altered, or used in any way, without the express written and legally authorized permission. Purchase of an original image or copy of same, does not constitute the right to reproduce, alter, or distribute. The copyright remains the property of the artist, before and after any sale.