El Camino de La Vida 24"h x 55"w
El Camino de La VIda
More than 40 years ago, I chose to make my living as an artist. It has been a rewarding, but very difficult path. There have been many pot holes and roadblocks along the way, but they have provided valuable learning experiences. Despite the constant struggle, I have continued to put one foot in front of the other as I make my way through life. When my last day comes and I draw my final breath, I will not reflect on my accomplishments, but rather on the relationships that have molded my soul. When all is said and done, the only thing that matters is what we have done for others.
Enduring Relationship 60"H x 20"W
One day in the spring, my wife came into the studio to tell me she was leaving to run some errands. I pulled her to me, gave her a passionate kiss and told her, “I love you.” An art dealer associate of mine was present in the studio that day and as my wife pulled out of the driveway, he commented, “Boy, mywife only gets a good-bye kiss like thatwhen she’s leaving for a week in California!” I placed my hand on his shoulder and responded by quoting my fellow countryman and author, Gabriel Garcia Marquez: “One of the necessary components for an enduring relationship is to remain in love.”
Festival of Life 16"h x 20"w
Festival of Life
For many years I have been exhibiting my work around the country at various festivals of the arts and I continue to be amazed by the broad spectrum of people that attend these events. One sees business executives, blue collar workers, young couples and families from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds and educational levels. These gatherings typically feature designated seating areas where different types of cuisine appealing to a variety of tastes is served--often with a backdrop of live music performed on one or more stages. When I look out at the sea of unique faces, I am usually more impressed by what these people have in common--an appreciating for live music, good food and, of course, art--as opposed to their differing ethnicities, ages and skin colors. It reminds me of how much we as people are alike in our appreciation of life and our desire to celebrate it. It was an extension of these impressions that inspired me to create Festival of Life as a commemoration to all of us that love life and take the time to celebrate it!
Time to Fly 16"H x 8"W
“We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another.”
-Lucretius Roman Poet & Philosopher
I love this quote. The idea that we cannot fly alone, but are only able to soar to the heavens when partnered with the complementary wing of our mate, resonates in my mind as a powerful truth. In this piece, I positioned one wing slightly forward while the other is angled backward. This is my attempt to symbolize my belief that oftentimes one partner leads and the other follows. One guides while the other supports. It’s a balancing act that moves back and forth in perfect harmony. It was only after meeting my wife that my life began to take flight. Our union truly lifted me up and gave me the chance to achieve new heights in both my personal and professional life. I adore my beloved wife. She is truly my angel. Without here, I would have a difficult time remaining aloft for any length of time.
Dreams (Aluminum) 36”h x 108”w
My mother, Aurelita, gave birth to 20 children, and although 13 of us survived to lead full and rich lives, we scattered like the wind and took up residence in various geographic locations. Like most mothers, she dreamed of the day when she might see all of her children in one place at one time. I created Dreams in honor of my mother's memory. It depicts her 13 living children and was created in an edition of 20 as an homage to all her sons and daughters —those present and those departed. Dreams do come true.
Emotional Savings 24"H X 40"W
Many of my fondest memories of life with my family have been born out of time spent together on vacations and trips. I have always placed a good deal of importance on our annual vacations. I regard them as somewhat of an “emotional savings account” into which we make a deposit every year—certainly for my wife and me, but especially for our children. For me, life is not about working, but rather about doing the work in order to provide for my family. I firmly believe that taking time every year to expose all of us to the great outdoors and to various places around the world provides us with an appreciation for nature and for various cultures. Additionally, travel teaches us about ourselves and the similarities we share with all human beings. For these reasons, I have always made time for vacations and view these trips as an investment in our emotional savings account.