I love intense color and seeing unusual shades next to each other, just as I love intense people from divergent backgrounds, and a blended and unpolished neighborhood—old and young, shabby and manicured, all sharing experiences and sharing a street. My art draws from the absolute vividness of life. I like how colors elicit emotion or memories, like wearing too much lipstick or the algae in a fish tank.

As an artist who has always made art from my home, surrounded by my own children, their humor, art, and fanciful costumes, I was inspired by the Southwest tradition of the God’s Eye—created by parents as prayers for their children.

The diamond shape throws off our typical way of seeing art as either landscape or portrait, and the bands of color draw the viewer into the center like a door to another world. I want my art to help people see the world with fresh eyes.