"My inspiration comes from the beautiful natural landscapes of Peru... coastal highlands, mountainous jungles and rivers full of colors and contrasts...."
"My name is Cinthya Esperanza Ortiz and I was born in Lima in 1983. I'd describe myself as persistent, proactive and loyal. I've had a passion for the Andean art of reverse painted glass since I was born because my family has practiced this craft for generations.
"My parents encouraged me to continue with this beautiful art, creating new designs. However, I've faced many challenges along the way, including my mother's illness. We all had to work very hard with persistence and optimism so we could keep our workshop going. We all supported one another as a family and relied greatly on our faith in God. And, fortunately, my mother recovered.
"I worked very hard to achieve my goals. I was always interested in shapes and colors, in paints, wood and glass. I love everything about working with these materials. With the knowledge I gained from my parents, I try to meet and surpass my goals every day.
"My inspiration comes from the beautiful natural landscapes of Peru that seem to come right out of stories. We have different climates in our three regions — coastal highlands, mountainous jungles and rivers full of colors and contrasts that inspire us to transmit this elegance and beauty in my work.
"I use wood, paint and glass, which are delicate and difficult to use, which is why I'm extra cautious when working with them.
"I enjoy painting and the shapes the glass and mirrors take when a design is finished. It's very satisfying because it challenges me everyday to improve the quality of my work.
"One of my plans is to take my designs to people around the world. I also want to work hard so my workshop can keep growing. I'm hopeful that my family will continue to be united in good times and bad just as we have been. I hope this traditional art form is never lost and that it will live on so that new generations will know it and understand its value."