nature of my work is to capture the soul of the person or persons in my paintings.
I'm fascinated by the energy of the world, and the people in it.
My paintings are created with passion, of life, of people. Bold brush strokes, blacks and whites, splashes of paint, vivid colors. Painting for me is as necessary as breathing. Without my creativity I am no longer breathing.
Blue Conga is inspired by the playing of a conga. I play the congas. I feel the movement of my soul as I play. It is to be removed and taken to a different time, a more primal self.
This is the first of the Metamorphosis series, which were inspired by my travels to Japan. Being in Japan, I learned the beauty of black and white works of art. This series is about delving into one's soul and the growth that comes from it. The circular motion of the work, the spiral-like imagery, the ever-circling thoughts.
Also from the Metamorphosis series. This piece has the two-headed woman in it. One body and two heads signifies the struggle between good and evil.
This piece is about the departure of the old and the embodiment of the new.
In Memory of Sister Karen
This piece of artwork is mixed media. I used a collage of a silkscreen serigraph and a silkscreen monoprint created at Self-Help Graphics. I created this work for Sister Karen, who was one of my mentors and a great friend of mine. The passing of her soul was very hard for me to believe. I often went to visit and talk to her. My life will never be the same without her.
Circus of Our Love
Circus is about how some relationships live on the passion of drama stemming from abusive behavior, how the sickness of abuse continues from generation to generation. Abuse is sometimes instilled into us so we believe abuse is love. To escape the cycle is to leave what we know, killing a part of who we are.
Alma de Mauge
The creation of this piece was very special to me since Tia Mauge was the first person who taught me to paint. This piece was exhibited at The Japanese American National Museum in 1996. Tia Mauge passed away March 1, 1999.
Eye of the Beholder, 1992
|Virgen de Guadalupe, 1995|