I was taught to paint by Benigno Gomez, a nationally honored Honduran painter. I had never had any art lessons and Mom says there were no pictures on the fridge of my art as a child. I saw his work in a Honduran gallery and had the chance to meet him at his art reception in 1984 when I was 30 years old. His work was beautifully colorful and peaceful. I asked him to teach me to paint. He asked me to work with him on his English. We painted for a year, usually Saturdays at his home.
I begin each painting with a variety of shapes in yellow and orange. Placing the painting about 6 feet away and turning it around several times, I look into it to find images I want to paint. If I see nothing interesting to me, I change the shapes and again gaze into the lines to find my next painting. I have lived in many places and people's faces come out many times and it is in their finished eyes that I know a painting has a soul.
A wise island woman once told me that birds land on the heads of peaceful people. At the time I thought that symbolized a harmonious nature I would like to emanate. I see in my paintings a reflection of my enjoyment of peaceful, colorful tales of fantasy and inexplicable magical moments and events.