Her career began in 1983 in Santa Fe when Elaine Horwich invited her to show at her gallery on Palace Avenue. Córdova has show her paintings in exhibitions and galleries nationally for more than thirty years.
Since then, she has illustrated more than twenty children’s books for many prominent authors including five titles authored by New Mexico’s literary treasure , Rudolfo Anaya. Córdova has received the American Libraries Association, prestigeous Pura Belpre National Honors Award twice, as well as, other national recognition for her vibrant art. She is an acclaimed arts educator and lecturer, and has made numerous keynote speeches, as well as, art with thousands of children and adults throughout the U.S..
A sense of place is the core inspiration for Córdova’s artistic vision. A descendent of a family who has resided in Northern New Mexico preceding the seventeenth century, Córdova holds great reverence for New Mexico’s landscape, history, cultures and traditions.
Brilliant color, dreams, the natural world, and the wisdom of children also contribute to Córdova’s inspirational, artistic vision.