MO goes way, way back as an 11th generation direct descendant from the Canary Islands that founded good ole San Antonio, Texas.  My great x10 grandad was the 2nd mayor of San Antonio.

MO goes way, way back as an 11th generation direct descendant from the Canary Islands that founded good ole San Antonio, Texas. My great, tenth generation grandad was the second mayor of San Antonio.

Born to artists, Ginger and Jack, art is obviously in my blood, mixed with a heaping helping of Spanish feistiness from Ginger's side and Welsh craziness from dad's. Three sisters with art in their blood makes for a fiery family for sure.

The late Jack Fletcher was a brilliant artist and his art was considered "before his time" whatever that means. Forever etched in my mind is the smell of oil paint and turpentine, mixed with the smoke of cherry pipe tobacco which followed him in and out of my life. Remembering the sound of jazz streaming through the air while he worked, fueled my desire to paint from a very early age. Us three girls would dance to "Hells Bells" by Amad Jamal, and David Carroll's, Bali Hi. The late Jack Fletcher's skill was pretty darn good but he was menacingly bad.

Ginger was a fabulous fashion illustrator in SA while raising her girls alone after Jack was told to hit the road. She is still amazing and active today and in her mid-90s.  Organizer and president emeritus of Network Power/Texas with the mission, “Women Helping Women to Succeed" Ginger,  "The Firelighter" also authored a book, "Come on in, There's Room for Us All", and can still spin a heck of a story that will light your fire!

Working for a few small ad agencies and dabbling in freelance while growing a graphic design business I moved right to the top of the food chain and landed a position with a local grocery company drawing things like tomatoes, meat, and ice chests. Although grocery store items were what I drew the daily discipline of producing all that art was what I appreciated and needed.

After winning a few design awards through freelance I was "noticed" by the powers that be up the food chain and was promoted to the art director of package design. Soon though, I was fed up with corporate grocery. After seven years and with a portfolio stuffed full of healthy fruits and veggies I pushed away from the corporate table. Pack with photoshoots of pancakes and turkeys and all that artwork under my belt served up as eye candy and with a big helping of package design tossed in MODstudio was born.

MODstudio worked with some great local advertising agencies and businesses in San Antonio and the Texas Hill Country. We grew into a downtown office and for 20 years MO was merry until Mary missed painting. Oh, I painted here and there and never turned down a commission.... but life happens.
The timing to close-up shop was perfect because Mary and Carl were surprised and blessed late in life with another child. Matthew Raymond Owens who changed everything. Expecting a child with Down Syndrome wasn't in the plan, but God's plan is better... not easy... but always better. More on Matt can be found on MoArt blog, coming soon or read more on this site, right here.

The Owens family moved to Wimberley, Texas in 2001 to raise their three children in a small town, where at the time there was just one traffic light and an interesting mix of retired hippies and eclectic cowboys as part of the scenery, along with lots of deer, beer, buzzards and cacti with a huge Texas sky!

The Owens Family loves living in small-town Texas.