Wet Paint: Joe and Melody

Catrinas/Day of the Dead, Love, PAINTINGS

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What an honor to be commissioned to work on this anniversary painting of a couple that I love so much. They are truly representative of “Til Death Do Us Part” and I am lucky to be touched by their friendship in my life. The quote on the banner is from a letter Frida Kahlo wrote to Diego Rivera and it translates to “I love you more than my own skin”, which I thought was fitting to this Day of The Dead Calaveras portrait. It was a joy to work on. Wishing you many more happy years together, amigos.

 

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Muertos

Catrinas/Day of the Dead, PAINTINGS

Here’s a recently completed commission of a Day of the Dead couple. The client asked me to include some elements such as the mountains and butterflies that were symbolic to her, so I wanted to try to capture her vision and merge it with the traditional style. It’s always fun, yet a challenge for me to paint these and try to keep them non-realistic and more representative of Mexican folk art.

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Wet Paint: Las Novias 2

Catrinas/Day of the Dead, Love, PAINTINGS

I just finished this Dia de Los Muertos inspired commission. The client liked my first version of the novias, but wanted them wearing traditional Mexican clothes. Novias means girlfriends or brides in Spanish and I was honored to have worked on this, especially after the horrible shooting in Orlando. A very timely labor of love.

(Mixed media on paper, 22″ x 30″)

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Wet Paint: Los Novios

Catrinas/Day of the Dead, PAINTINGS

In 1999, I was honored to be asked to be best “man” in my friend Stan’s wedding. Although not legally recognized as married in the state of Florida, he and his partner Joel have been together almost two decades, adopted two beautiful children who were unwanted in Vietnam and Guatemala, and this year they celebrated their 15 year anniversary.

This is my gift to them, the companion piece to the previous, “Las Novias“. Everyone deserves to show their love.

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