People With a Passion: The art of calligraphy


POSTED: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 5:02pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 8:37am

From the age of five, Marie Antoniette Canales knew of her talent with a pen. What she didn't know is that life would guide her in putting that pen to use. 

"Every single year I went to a different school and so to make friends I would do drawings. I didn't like to draw, but I promised it to the Lord, because it was a gift that he had given me," said Marie Canales, Calligrapher.

As an adult, she discovered the art of calligraphy and her knack for it. Almost just as quickly, people she knew discovered her talent too.

"Slowly people started coming to me for calligraphy. For a couple of years I did it for free because I had a job. And then I lost my job overnight, because the owner died," said Canales. "And people kept coming, so I said well, I am going to have to charge you."

To her surprise, people agreed with no complaints. So now, for almost 30 years she has worked out of her McAllen home as one of the only professional calligraphers south of San Antonio.

Mostly she does wedding invitations, certificates, poems, name cards, and quotes. 

"I love doing certain jobs. But what I do love on every job is the happiness it brings the person," said Canales.


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