Shailah Ortiz, while doodling, escapes from reality into art and has enjoyed art as a hobby since childhood. Whenever she had the opportunity, she took art classes in school, and a few years ago, set a goal to have a career in the art industry. As an art major in college, her plans are to continue to develop techniques especially in digital arts, freelance illustration, and storyboarding to create visual stories that evoke emotion.
While attending Escondido High School, Shailah engaged in a great deal of self-taught art training which led to attendance at a pre-college art program at the Academy of Art University. She also earned honor roll grades and received an award for academic achievement.
In service to the school community, Shailah volunteered for clerical tasks at school registration, and checking out textbooks to students. She mentored incoming freshmen and as a member of the National Honors Society helped teachers after school in their classrooms.