Huipiles Artist's Statement

Women. I love to celebrate the beautiful things that we are. The beautiful things we do. The beautiful things we make. Many of my most recent paintings talk about the beauty of huipiles, the traditional mayan garment woven by women in Mesoamerica as worn and enjoyed by their sisters far away in El Norte. More than six dozen women participated to help me tell this story (many of whom I have never met) and to them all I owe a great debt of thanks.

I enjoy blurring the lines between photography and painting, between pre-printed or woven fabric and artist's canvas, between the sacred and the everyday, between fine art and ornament. I am grateful to the Smithsonian Latino Center, the Museo Alameda and the galleries across the country for partnering to showcase this work.

Most of all, I am proud to collaborate with the Veronica Prida and Liz Garza Williams, who are great artists, great friends and a great inspiration to me.