Saturday, April 29, 2006

My beginnings

My first exposure to art happened when I was a little boy growing up in Peru. The image is a crucifixion scene painted in the 1600's which is brought out and carried in a procession in the streets of Lima during the month of October. There was something about this particular painting that always moved me when I came face to face with it, and to this day it has the same impact. During my free time I would draw and paint, and my main subject was this image of the Lord of Miracles. Any surface and drawing tool would do; I always felt the need to make one of my own. As I grew older the image remained with me and I promised one day to paint a crucifixion scene of my own.
I'm still working on that promise!
No preliminary sketches exist as of yet...I always crumble and throw them away because I'm not happy with them.

Friday, April 28, 2006

The Onion

Onion, 2005, oil on canvas, 7 x 6 inches

Onion II, 2006, oil on canvas, 7 x 6 inches
The Onion has become one of, if not the main subject for most of my paintings. In my early years of painting I had used onions in different still lives but it was never emphasized to the degree that it is now. I have grown to love onions not only because they are an essential staple in some of my cooking but because of its simple rustic beauty, and because of the way it reflects light. At times they look like they glow from within.

Onion on Dish, 2005, oil on canvas mounted on panel, 10 x 10 inches