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.
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 painting 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.