Mercedes was born and raised in Peoria, Arizona. From a very young age she has had a passion for music and theater arts. At the age of 11 she was introduced to a trumpet and instantly fell in love. She played throughout grade school and marching band at Peoria High School. In high school she as well joined choir and theater, where she became a member of the International Thespian Society. While most enjoy acting, her passion belongs backstage. In one of her school plays a member from the company Theater Works noticed her work and offered her a job. At Theater works she worked several plays in costume design, hair and makeup design, set design, prop master and as well as running sound and lighting board during performances. Through music and theater she has volunteer with several missionary groups where they have traveled throughout Mexico helping children and youth in need. She is a mother of 2 and thrilled to be a part of Kat’s Artist Tree.