No Entiendo de Fronteras

I'm working on the second piece in my series "El Sueño Americano." My working title for this installation is "No Entiendo de Fronteras," loosely translated as "I don't Understand Borders." It depicts children who traveled from El Salvador and Guatemala to the US, and passed away after being held in custody in detention centers: WILMER JOSUE RAMIREZ (2 years old) FELIPE GOMEZ ALONZO (8 years old) MARIEE JUAREZ (1 year old) UNNAMED CHILD (10 years old) JUAN DE LEON GUTIERREZ (16 years old) CARLOS HERNANDEZ (16 years old) JAKELIN CAAL MAQUIN (7 years old) Hearing their stories broke my heart. No entiendo, no entiendo. I needed to spend time with each of them, draw their beautiful faces,

Painting from Life

Painting from life at 23rd Street Studio in San Francisco Acrylic on wood Amazing model: Dountes I was so excited they were offering a double long pose yesterday. I always feel I need more time, no matter how much time is given. I worked with acrylic directly on wood, and barely had enough time from 10-5. Time makes no sense when painting or drawing from life. I love that feeling!

"El Sueño Americano" in Upcoming Group Show!

Walls: A National Juried Art Exhibition Petaluma Arts Center ​ Exhibition Dates: July 6 – August 31, 2019 ​ Exhibition Theme: Walls ​ “…Before I built a wall I’d ask to know What I was walling in or walling out, And to whom I was like to give offense. Something there is that doesn’t love a wall That wants it down.” ​ ––––––––––from Mending Wall by Robert Frost One of America’s greatest poets left much philosophy woven into the metaphor of his work and his notions concerning walls became enduring and relevant in the poem quoted above. In our own time, walls have their own meanings, metaphorical or actual. As a presence in human history as now, the wall exists as barrier, as support, as well a

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