I am a Houston based visual artist. During my childhood my parents moved back and forth between Mexico and the U.S. and as a result, my artistic expressions are influenced by the vivid colors and delicate patterns found in Mexican artisanry.
My work consists of abstract backgrounds with layers of line work as the main subject matter. I first start with an abstract background with blended color combinations. The color combinations are either various bright pinks, purples and oranges or a grayscale color palette.
I then add fine linework to create either a form or a pattern. I use acrylic gouache for the linework as it allows me to water it down without losing its opaqueness. Lately I’ve also used India ink for line work on watercolor paper. My main goal in creating either a form or a pattern is to engage with the viewer’s subconscious. I try to not make something look like something recognizable. Unless of course I’m intentionally making a butterfly or a skull or something like that.
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