Traditions and Superstitions

September 28, 2021

I’ve been thinking about my culture and what makes it unique. My family didn’t celebrate the holidays like the dominant culture in the United States, but they didn’t celebrate it like they did in Boriquen (Puerto Rico) either.  My parents grew up celebrating Noche Buena (Christmas Eve) like Thanksgi…

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Isla del Encanto

September 24, 2021

My daughter and granddaughter just got back from Boriken aka Puerto Rico.  My granddaughter cried because she didn’t want to leave and said the island wanted to keep her there.  Have you ever had a feeling about a place that just calls you to stay or leave?  I have.  New Mexico has been calling me m…

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Posting less often

September 20, 2021

I started writing again in my blog because I had some things that I wanted to get out into the world.  It became a habit of sorts and now it is more of a chore than a joy.  I’m going to keep writing the blog, but once a week, not every day. I leave you with self portraits done many years ago.

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Portraits

September 19, 2021

More portraits done both in traditional media and scanned. Papi and Tio Auroro Mami and me Lisa Lisa seated Cyndi on an old bench Cyndi age 2  

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Looking for my art studio in my home

September 18, 2021

Home is a funny word.  It conjures up different things for different people.  A high rise in the middle of a busy city might be the best home for some. While a secluded off grid tiny home might work for others.  I like my house and have slowly been working to turn it into a space I feel comfortable…

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Living the best doggy life!

September 17, 2021

In 2020, I paid homage to our family dogs:  Ginger, a lab-pitbull mix, who lives in Massachusetts with my nephew, Daniel;  Benji, a sharpei-lab mix, who lives in Virginia with my daughter, Lisa; and Cooper, a bull dog who lives with my other daughter, Cynthia.  Ginger and Benjy are older dogs and no…

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Digital flowers

September 16, 2021

Recent digital works based on flower photos I have taken and manipulated in Photoshop.

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Kennedy Center 50th Anniversary Concert

September 15, 2021

As part of the celebration of Chief Billy “Redwing” Tayac, Lance Fisher and Giovanna Gross sang an honoring song during the Kennedy Center’s 50th Anniversary Concert. It was with great pride that my work was on the table next to them during the ceremony.  It was organized very quickly and Lance came…

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Revisiting why I am an artist

September 14, 2021

I’m taking the Creative Breadcrumb Challenge, with Nicholas Wilton from Art2Life, to see where and why my artwork has changed over the past years. What choices did I make to arrive where I am today. One of the exercises is to determine what is the one time, place or thing in my past that reminds me…

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A life remembered

September 13, 2021

Today was the viewing and service for Chief Billy “Redwing” Tayac.  People from all walks of life came to honor a man who personified what being a leader and activist is all about. We learned about the man who was instrumental in the American Indian Movement; who mentored many that have now moved on…

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