Saturday, June 18, 2011

New web page

I've finally have my web page up and running. It covers my businesses and my art. Please go visit it at

Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Morelia Project

In the spring of 2009 I was invited on a work trip to Morelia Mexico.
          We spent 2 days working at the orphanage  La Casa Hogar Villa Amanecer. There we painted the playground equipment and the exterior walls of the compound. They were planning to put in a bakery for income so we painted the room they were to use for that. Along with the work, I was able to interact with the children and adults who lived there as well as take many pictures. These children have had tough lives and it shows on many of the little faces. I've tried to capture the happy ones as well as the sad ones. Most are glad to have a roof over their heads, food to eat, clean clothes and someone who cares.
         We spent another 2 days in a community called Aracurio, that was up in the hills, also painting buildings and playground equipment. Here the children were well cared for and went to school in the village until high school when they went by bus into town. Here I was able to capture the faces of many of the older women. They have lived in the baking heat all of their lives and their faces and hands are like leather. Having spent years working hard they now were careing for the children not old enough for school while the mothers went into the city to work. Many of the fathers were in America sending funds home to support the families as there weren't many ways to support a family at home.
         The area around Morelia is very important to those of us who live in the Yakima valley in central Washington because so many of our residents are from this area. This is a heavily agrocultural part of the state so many have moved here from Morelia to work in the orchards and fields.

About my Spanish work

My daughter has lived in various parts of Spain for over 15 years and I have been able to visit there numerous times. Ofter we are able to travel around the country to enjoy the rich architectural history. I love texture and the building sides are covered with the most unusual textural designs from stone encrustation to elaborate carvings in concrete. To me the architecture was the most fun to recreate in fabric.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Other Artwork