I think spiritual
vision and awareness are at the core of artistic expression. Art proceeds
from spiritual foundations. My work is an extension of active spiritual dynamics,
both personal and universal. I concern myself with responses to these insights
and am developing the formal means to express them. Progress has come through
intuitive path finding and a constant self-inquiring scrutiny of internal
processes and spiritual necessities.
Sources and inspirations include biblical symbology and metaphor, abstract
painting, and the poetic vision.
THE LOTERÍA SERIES
I grew up in south Texas and spent many hours as a child playing the popular
Mexican game of Lotería. This games colorful imagery has always
delighted me and still triggers many fond associations and memories.
These images have found their way into a lot of regional contemporary art
stemming from, but not restricted to, the Latino community. Because of its
seemingly ubiquitous presence I had for many years avoided using the stock
of easily accessible Lotería images; that is until I was invited to
participated in the Lo del Corazón exhibition originating at San Franciscos
Mexican Museum and traveling to several southwestern locations between 1983-85.
I used the images of El Corazón, the heart, and La Muerte, death, in
a collage entitled A.I.D.S.. Since then, I have used Lotería in many
collage drawings and paintings.
I began the Lotería Series in 1993 in an attempt to deal with these
images more directly. I have tried to extend my personal associations toward
a grander, more universal statement where lotería becomes a metaphor
for the world and our lives. The scope of these works, predominantly collage
and watercolor, extends over several areas including reflective biographical
pieces. Rather than avoiding Loterías popularity, I embrace it
as a means of proceeding toward a more easily accessible, yet personal, artistic
(From the Lotería Series)
I have a personal connection with the Mexican game of Lotería. As a
child I spent many hours playing with my friends and family, and these are
fond memories. I have used images from Lotería for over twenty years,
but have only recently (1993) taken a more serious look at the creative possibilities
inherent in these pictures. La Puerta refers to the opening of their symbolic
possibilities. Through this door I have explored various personal and historic
concerns, and have used different processes to reveal and obscure meaning.
This painting is visually dense and confronts the viewer with an aggressive
surface and smoldering colors. There are many layers of encaustic wax on this
panel. These are recovered to the surface through a series of processes such
as gouging, beating, melting, or scratching. For me, it is the purely intuitive
insight seeking its own order.
A kyat is a small Burmese coin of little value.
AMANTES/JARDIN 3 AND 5
This image was printed at Coronado Studio in Austin, Texas in 1998 and is
part of an ongoing series. I have hand-colored through a three-color silkscreen
with gouache and pencils in order to explore color harmony and the expressive
possibilities of this composition. The border of this symmetrical double-image
was adapted from a Byzantine mosaic found on the streets of Venice, and forms
a canopy surrounding two identical and reversed forms.