oil on masonite
14” x 35”
“One of the oldest stories that are told about the apparition of the Virgin Mary is the story of Juan Diego, which I use as a backdrop, but in my version Juan Diego is a man who still holds his indigenous culture close to his heart but is also influenced by the pandemic of Western thinking.
This painting of man being tattooed in the desert by a couple of heavenly cherubs, is an homage to the immigrant who risks his/her life to cross an unforgiving desert in search of a better life. The Indigenous heart, guided by dreams and faith, they take with them as their only ‘las bendiciones,’ fully understanding that they may not survive the journey.”