Gaudys Laxury paints and writes. The two blessings seldom visit her simultaneously but always spontaneously. Gaudys has been writing poems and painting since her early teen years. With The Pearl inside the Orchid, she found the courage to step outside of the box and present her innermost thoughts and emotions over the decades out to the world. The poems were written during each stage of her life, from elementary school to adolescent times, coming of age to her young adult and professional life...images and words came to mind while capturing the world. Through the ups, downs, zigzags, crisscross, and obstacles presented along the way, she has coasted through the waves and hopes that readers can relate to at least one of the poems or find inspiration through the paintings. A self-taught artist with an analytical mind and a creative spin, Gaudys has combined words and images to connect on a deeper level. She studied politics, law, and communications during her graduate years, while always maintaining her passions in the arts. Writing and art keep her balanced and allows her to express her most intimate thoughts, creating zen in tumultuous moments. Gaudys lives in New York City and is of Ecuadorian descent. She has an art website, www.glaxarts.com, and can be found lurking around the treasure troves of the Big Apple or traveling to quench her inquisitive nature; marching to the beat of her own drum-seeking inspiration and truth.