I’m a Tucson native, born and raised. I love the Old Pueblo and I suppose that shows in most of my art. I can’t seem to stop painting desert sunsets & sunrises on whatever canvas I can get my hands on. Who doesn’t love a good old-fashioned cow skull? Clearly, I do, especially if I can paint it on an old skateboard deck.
I’m inspired by the vibrant people and culture this city offers. I’ve been painting and creating in one way or another for as long as I can remember, but the pieces that stand out most to me are the ones that I created from a desperate need to cope with the roll-a-coaster of life. Art has always been there for me, a close friend who listens when no one else cares to, which is why I pick up the brush.
There’s something about the traditions of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) that resonate with me. Possibly the idea that life goes on once we leave this world, or perhaps the beauty of a culture that still manages to shine after hundreds of years of oppression. Either way, creating pieces that involve sugar skulls is the best way I know to honor our dearly departed, so I do so with reverence and love.
You can currently find my work in Pop-Cycle Store, the upcoming Mercado Holiday Bazaar and featured online as part of OPC, Old Pueblo Collective. OPC is an artist collective that I started in 2017 with my partner and fiance. We feature local up-and-coming artists and events. If you’re interested in joining the collective, collaborating or just sharing events, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.