Quick, quick, slow. The heartbeat here in the Mission. More like a tachycardia. It’s the beat of hands
clapping masa into perfect pancakes.
I hear it. The drums, piano runs. Coronets blaring. Boys in the band singing the chorus. Dancers
encircling the crowded floor, Mambo, Samba, Rhumba, Salsa. Oh, Salsa. Hips. Feet. Quick, quick, slow.
For me, it’s always there, the Salsa rhythm, inside my old white American chick brain... an odyssey of
drums and fire where Latin America and Africa met and rented permanent space in my head.
About The Artist
Artist Statement African influences in Latin American and Caribbean culture form the themes and energy of much of my work. This influence has been part of my artistic and cultural aesthetic from my earliest recollection. I grew up in Miami during the Cuban immigration of the 50's and 60's where I first felt the pulse of Latin culture. My husband and his family were Puerto Rican-Americans and I visited the Island several times soaking up native sites and art. Today, I live in the heart of San Francisco's Latin life in the Mission where I am wrapped in the joy, struggles, sights, sounds, colors and exquisite sensuality of Latin American and Caribbean culture. It powerfully influences my art and consciousness without effort.
Bio Ever since I first crayoned the walls of my parents tiny apartment, I wanted to be anartist. I majored in journalism and minored in art in college and continued formal studies after graduation. However, I consider myself largely self taught. I've exhibited my work in several galleries in group shows and have also had several solo shows in the San Francisco Bay Area. I worked as an Art Director and Graphic Designer for most of my career. My work has been published in three books on collage and mixed media.