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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Surprise Art Exhibitions

September 12, 2021

TAINO INDIGENOUS VIRTUAL GATHERING My last 1-person show was in 2019 just before the pandemic changed the world.  In 2020, I participated in a virtual exhibition with artists from all over the world.  I didn’t really plan any shows for 2021. Then two surprise opportunities came up! The Jornada Indíg…

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So far in 2021

September 11, 2021

I often feel that I am not productive enough in my artwork. But when I look back at the work I have done, I realize that my productivity is like waves in the ocean.  There are times when the waves come often and are strong and fast.  Then the sea gets calm and there is a relaxation or a feeling of g…

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Art from the past

September 10, 2021

I was digging through my old photos and found the only image of a painting I sold in 1998 to a collector in Argentina.  I didn’t have a good camera or time to make a good quality image, but I did the best I could. I scanned it and now have a canvas version of it.  The original size was probably 18×2…

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Thoughts on those who have left us

September 9, 2021

Since hearing of the death of my dear friend, Chief Billy Tayac, I have been thinking about the ones that have left us.  This is not a complete list, but ones I have images of. They are all missed. Sonia Rosa, a dear friend Julie De Jesus, my cousin Cruz Gomez Robles, my father Cyril Taylor, Carib E…

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What I Learned from Love

September 7, 2021

After my divorce, I went through a long dating period (over 25 years).  I met many “interesting” men.  I lived with 2 before I remarried.  From all the men I knew, I learned something about myself and them. I decided to make a zine that would have what I learned and illustrations.  Some of the image…

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Simulacra love

September 6, 2021

I see your face in many. Some near some far. I smile and remember our time and pretend that the simulation is really you. My eyes caress your hair and smile. I imagine that you miss me and see me in others. But the eyes are not yours and the voice is different. My joy fades like our long, ago love -…

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Family continued

September 5, 2021

My uncle, Guadalupe, before he left Puerto Rico. The de Jesus’: My uncle (seated) with (from left to right) my cousin, Julie, his wife Ana, and my aunt Pina.  The picture in the frame is the only photo of my grandmother, Julia Malavé Velasquez. My cousins in a “memory” photo probably taken in the ea…

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Family and history

September 4, 2021

From left to right: The Robles— Auroro, Natividad, and my grandparents, Fernanda and Francisco I only saw my paternal grandfather once and my paternal grandmother once.  I saw them together only once when I went to Puerto Rico (Boriken) when I was 6 years old. I remember running up a beautiful green…

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