I still lean heavily on figurative work due to my struggle with identity, not just in terms of art, but what it means to be human and Mexican-American living in a border town. I am interested in character, persona, and the aesthetic design that correlates with those characteristics. I typically select elements of design that will connect to heritage and social concerns.Read More
I have generally drawn inspiration from geologic structures: craters, landmasses, mountains, and geologic processes. I have also studied geology, geography, and picked up ideas from chemistry. Travels to volcanic and mountainous areas have given me physical and tactile evidence from which to help make my work.Read More
Working on cars was a passion of mine growing up and something I knew I was going to do as a job, so when I decided to pursue being an artist my interest in cars never fell too far behind. Having that background also gave me a great appreciation for working with my hands and taking pride in doing everything on my own if possible. This eventually led me to get into construction, concrete work, and basically any other skill I could learn while working on my house. I believe a lot of my interests and knowledge in that type of work actually shows through in my most recent artwork dealing with different types of materials. Looking back, it all seems to stem from the skills I learned as a mechanic and I’m actually grateful that my past is generally considered atypical of most artists.Read More
"Making art has always been an alternate way of thinking for me. The process of taking a concept and trying to communicate it visually is both abstract and complex. It makes me think about and examine my ideas with much more scrutiny and consideration. This process has drastically impacted the way in which I navigate the world and the circumstances with which I am confronted. I found art-making has taught me patience, something with which I still struggle, as well as humility. Overall, being an artist has made me a more mindful and well-rounded human."Read More
"My figurative work relies almost exclusively on photography. I was a studio photographer for over 30 years before I went into painting full-time. That experience has influenced how I compose images and build narrative. I often do a photoshoot with only a nebulous idea as to where the subject may go."Read More
How did you first get involved in art?
A confluence of two recent events: a heart opening following a significant period of meditation (through reading) and a purchase of a piece of street art. After the opening, I realized I had a mission and an opportunity, given my political science education, to use art as a vehicle to promote social change by capturing and presenting truths behind complex, critical socio-political issues of our time. After studying the street art, I realized the medium for presenting those truths should be spraypaint as it is a primary instrument of street artists and the “street” is most often and most severely deprived of social justice.Read More
I have many memories of drawing, copying, and doodling as far back as I can remember. However, the focus on improving any drawing skills began in 6th grade, when classmates began paying for those drawings...Read More