I made this video to show the evolution of the painting entitled, “Ixchel, Goddess of Healing.” Ixchel, (pronounced “E-shell,”), is a Mayan Goddess of the Moon, of Love, and many other things. She is the Mother of all of the Mayan deities and rules over the cycles of life and death. I like painting her because I have roots in the area where she is worshipped. (My father was born in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala and moved to the U.S. when he was a boy.) Ixchel had many responsibilities, love being what I was reaching for with this painting. I felt like an open wound over the toxicity from the last presidency, with all the hatred and negative energy being nurtured and grown within this country. I needed to paint something healing so I called on Ixchel for help. Even today, when hearing that name or seeing his image I feel very raw. Healing will take some time.
I think the rise of the BLM movement was the most important event that came out of those four years. And I consider Latinx, Asian Americans, Jewish Americans and all people of color to be included in the race battle currently underway. I know the racism, the danger my father faced as a young man trying to get by in a this country back in the late 1950's. There's a lot of room for improvement when it comes to the appalling crimes against people of color, specifically with the brutality of the George Floyd murder. But then something happened for the first time; a conviction for the killer, Derek Chauvin, a man who sworn to protect all Americans no matter our shade of skin. Finally, it felt like a turning point for race in this country. The fight for equity doesn't end with one conviction but it's a start, one I wasn't sure I'd ever see. And I find it very hopeful.
I was a little intimidated to use the great Sam Cooke's legendary song, "A Change is Gonna Come" but it felt so current to the race battle being fought today, I ended up using it and I hope that's okay. It's more of a tribute, intended to show gratitude, respect, and admiration to the man.
This video shows the process of painting this piece. This is a work-in-progress.
This video shows the process of painting this piece, started with just a rough idea then worked out the problems as it went on. I don't usually paint this way, but sometimes I like to. So it changed dramatically from the first sketch. In any case, I hope you like it. This is a work-in-progess.
This video shows the development of a tiny painting, in all the stages.
This video shows the evolution of the collage headdress.
This video exposes all the trials and tribulations I went through for a difficult piece. In the end I was thankful for the effort.
This video shows the making of roses out of oil paint.
This video shows the evolution of a painting.
This video shows the making-of process. The title was borrowed from Cheech Marin when he was referring to his childhood in East LA, when Latinos were settling into the area. I thought it was cute. Also, this piece was the last painted for my solo show at the Sanchez Contemporary in 2017, a show of badass women. It was the last to be hung and was placed in the center of the room, where the viewer stood surrounded by several large paintings. I hoped the viewer caught the joke. In any case, here's the making-of video for you. I hope you enjoy it.
This making-of video shows the process and the speech that inspired the painting.
When we lost Kobe, Gianna and their friends it broke our hearts. I had to paint him to work it out of my system. For the collage, I used historical newspaper clippings I was lucky enough to get my hands on for this special piece. I hope you enjoy the effort. This piece is still a work-in-progress. Thank you.
This video shows the process of this piece, a friend of the families child. I thought he looked like a little Buda.
This video shows the process of this piece, a friend of mine who left this world too early. I hope you enjoy it.