Escapist Graduation series

AVM is very honored to have participated in the prestigious John Ross Palmer’s Escapist Mentorship Program in 2018. The Escapist Mentorship Program is a nine-month, artist / business mentorship program consisting of free artist studios and gallery space, along with one-on-one business coaching from 20 year, full-time artist, John Ross Palmer and gallery owner, Ryan Lindsay.

This program has produced some of AVM’s top favorite artists in Houston, Texas, who continue to inspire her, along with artist John Ross Palmer as she continues forging her career as a full-time artist. AVM is very grateful to have received the highly coveted Escapist of the Year Award. AVM’s final graduation from the program, was a group show with three other Escapist Artists, debuting her works at the Art Launch’s Annual Gala, a 501(c)(3) non-profit.

The following works of art featured in the show currently available are: “Laughter,” “Kismet,” “Empower Others,” Weightless,” “Ancestors,”and “Femme.



“Laughter” was created to exude pure joy and bliss. The colors are bright, sensational, and glorious—pure spirit; pure energy.



“Kismet” is AVM’s free spirited exploration into her inner world through experimentation with oil, oil pastels, along with acrylic paint. AVM allowed herself to ‘let go’ boldly and unapologetically in divine synchronicity.


Empower Others

“Empower Others” is the one painting out of all of AVM’s Escapist Graduation Series where the words within it, directly reflect what the artist program is all about. Escapism is about shattering the stereotype of the struggling artist, but most importantly, it is about developing an artist community of support, creativity and professionalism—opposed to a community of competition, scarcity, or hobby. It is about empowering ourselves as artists, knowing we can thrive doing what we were called to do and we can empower other artists to do the same.



“Weightless” is free flowing, forward moving painting containing the energy of feeling light and uninhibited. “Weightless” is filled with bright pink hues and deep magenta uplifting wings with the ability to rise and soar.



“Ancestors” is inspired by AVM’s grandfather, Leroy “Buddy” Vignaud who is a master plasterer in New Orleans. Buddy has done work on famous churches and homes including the Louis Cathedral. As AVM builds her paintings from scratch, she often thinks about the inherent and inherited influence of her ancestors, a family talented and professional with their craft.



“Femme” is a sister painting to “Kismet.” It was named by AVM’s husband, Mark, who saw several female faces within the painting. “Femme” is mystical and mysterious all while exuding a playful, exuberance.