I am a printmaker and all around visual artist. Perhaps reflecting my Spanish heritage, my artistic energy comes from passion and intuition. I endeavor to work on meaningful projects in which I am emotionally connected, utilizing formal visual means, literal associations, and poetic metaphors. My artistic style utilizes rich and luminous colors, emphasizing simplicity and clarity.
I am fascinated by the mystical subtleties that define each step of the print making process, from carving the linoleum, which is an adventure into a new life, to the rolling of the brayer, which requires a concentrated practiced technique. Intimately exploring each element of the print making process satisfies my deep-rooted, natural curiosity. Although my current artistic emphasis is on printed media, I am also an experienced digital artist. Furthermore, I am exploring additional media, such as photography, sculpture, and book art.
Printmaking also means community to me. The Foothill College printmaking community gave me my initial opportunity to grow and improve by constantly sharing information. My mentor, Kent Manske, helped me become a more precise printmaker and taught me how to appreciate and use the characteristics of the medium. I enjoy working on collaborate printing projects and the printmaking community has very much shaped the artist I am today. I am delighted to now be affiliated with the CASP creative community.
Homo Apparatus, 2014, Rives BFK white paper 280g, five colors, acrylic paint, screen printing in each print, 17’’ x 131/2’’ edition of 15
"The Homo Apparatus (Latin for Human Device) set of prints that playfully explore the relationship between humans and devices used in every day life. For the background, I chose vibrant colors fashionable in the 1960’s - 1970’s. Devices are illustrated using halftones, a style popularized in retro Pop Art. Human body parts are hand drawn renderings. The color palette is consistent through the four prints. I tried to maintain vintage aesthetics."
Object Menina, 2012, the Fe-Menina Prints Series, White Rives BFK (100% cotton), acrylic paint, screen printing, 19’’ x 15’’,edition of 20
Object Menina is one of a set of four prints titled Fe-Menina created with four different printing techniques where I feature the Diego Velaquez’s traditional royal female personages known as meninas. The title is a play on words: fe (Spanish for faith), menina (reference to Diego Velazquez paintings) and femenina (Spanish for feminine). The Object Menina is a feminine view of time passing. The image portrays an obsessive dream of seeing yourself in a mirror, but the image is a reflection back to another time in history. A time when women were considered as decorative objects of beauty. Women were discouraged from expressing themselves in a patriarchal society that generally refused to grant merit to women’s lives. Now modern women hold more respected positions in society. It took many decades of struggle before women obtained more active control of their lives. This print is the result of seven color screen prints.
Elemental, 2010, White Rives BFK (100% cotton), two-color, oil base ink, linocut print, 10" x 8", edition of 24
Elemental calls to our inner needs, our fears, and our doubts, emphasizing the temporary and fragile nature of our existence. Where did we come from? Where will we end up?Are we as strong as we’d like to think we are? Are we dreaming this life?. Elemental is seeking to deconstruct complexity by addressing / confronting the basic elements in our lives. This print is part of a collaborative two-color relief print project of seventeen artists printed at Foothill College, studio 1801.