When I was eleven, my family moved from (at the time a very dangerous) Colombia so that my sister and I would have the opportunity to attend good colleges and make better lives for ourselves. My parents sacrificed and saved for many years and we lived modestly to make it possible to move. My grandfather who was also an immigrant, became a citizen and sponsored my family and we have lawfully lived in the U.S. since 1982. We contribute to the economy, I have my own business and my sister is an internationally recognized interior designer who has been on tv and on countless international publications. Immigrants just want to work hard and make something of themselves- we don’t take these opportunities for granted, in fact, it could be argued that we appreciate freedom more having come from places where it was not safe. #DayWithoutImmigrants #NoBanNoWall


Start The Dream auction: Complete!

I made it with two days to spare and am turning in my finished Peacock window screen tomorrow. Here is the finished piece, which seems impossible to photograph straight. I am glad to have participated in this auction and hope it brings in a good amount for Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity. Hope to see my Evergreen friends there on June 24th (2 – 4 p.m. at the Evergreen ReStore location).

Start the Dream auction: Inspired

Inspiration struck today, which is good because I was starting to over think the piece, as I do with everything else. My final idea is to do an Asian stylized peacock, with my spin on it.

Peacocks symbolize renewal because they replace their tail feathers annually. I think that is a good metaphor for the “Start the Dream” theme of the auction. Receiving a new home from Habitat for Humanity is a new beginning and an opportunity for a fresh start physically and emotionally.

Peacocks are also symbolic in Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism as well as in certain cultures. For me, this adds an extra level of meaning since I like to include cross-cultural and religious ties in my art.

This is my rough sketch, though I am definitely not settled on the colors yet, so there will be some modification of that. But of course, there will be blue in it! (Btw, Joe, I read yesterday that if you are not feeling creative you should surround yourself with blue because it inspires creativity!). I’ll post photos of the work in progress soon…

Peacock sketch for painting by Sabina Espinet