New Years is really important to me. More than Christmas, Thanksgiving or any other holiday. No superstitions, no traditions. Though I do place significance on how the day is spent and who it is spent with. It is a time for grounding, reflection, aspirations and gratitude. How timely to wake up this morning and finish the painting that took its time to flourish.
The imagery was born from Pablo Neruda's poem "Oda a las gracias" (english translation:...
The process of painting the fondest memory for a loved one is a deep and personal experience. It is probably the closest thing to time travel for me. Arriving at their sweet, succinct moment, I can feel the emotions once felt.
Today I paint in gratitude to Jean-Michel Basquiat, the Haitian-American artist from Brooklyn, New York. His history and art motivated me to let go of precision and comfort zones and instead explore vibrancy and playfulness in my art and soul.
"I don't think about art when I'm working. I try to think about life."
( - Basquiat)
This transformed my experience, elevated my love, and reassured my soul purpose. His use of color, primitivist symbols, and poetry strewn together to depict the struggles he li...