About the Artist
"Each is given a bag of tools,
A shapeless mass and a book of rules;
And each must make, ere life is flown,
A stumbling block or a stepping stone."
-R L Sharpe
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Here is a short friendly bio:
I was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1959. A one-and-a-half year old child cannot remember what it was like to have our homes and businesses taken over by the regime of Fidel Castro. In any case, we took a long ship-ride to Spain right about when Cuba turned communist.
I was raised in Barcelona, Spain until 1974. In a sense, I still think of Spain as home, a home that will be undoubtedly changed if and when I return to visit. There again, hard for a happy and energetic thirteen year-old to recall the turmoil of Franco's impending death and the threat of social unrest.
Nevertheless, my family thought it best to take another long trip in search of a better life. This time my family and I moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, where we were reunited with my father's family.
About art...I have loved art all my life and earned a few stripes at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. After a short but fruitful career in Exercise Physiology, I decided I wanted to make art full-time. As of September 30th, 1999 I am proud to say I am a full-time artist. I find collectors mostly through art festivals throughout the Western US and a variety of online galleries.
My current body of work includes figurative semi-abstracts inspired by the grain of the wood, and simple realistic works of the world around me. Other hobbies I actually have time to practice are dog-walking, hiking, camping and traveling by car. I love my life!
The road goes ever on and on,
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the road has gone,
And I must follow if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And wither then? I cannot say.
-Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien