Going for Broke is a painting made based on my experiences skateboarding. I chose to represent a skeleton skateboarding because it amplifies the vulnerability of our bodies. When I was fifteen I wrecked my left arm trying to do a noseslide and ended up having surgery where doctors installed screws into my bones to hold my elbow together. Since skateboarding is one of the earthly pleasures I would be enjoying in the afterlife this piece honors the idea of the Day of the Dead by depicting not just any skeleton skateboarding but my skeleton skateboarding. After my first broken arm I have continued to skateboard and have broken a total of nine bones. I feel this piece is very personal to who I am and sums up the passion to do what you love.
Long Live the King is a painting that references the merging of Spanish culture and the indigenous cultures of Central America. This was the inception of Mestizos and birth of Mexico. It was also Spain that introduced the image of death as a skeleton into the new world in the 16th century. This image of the skeleton was adopted into Mexican culture and is still venerated in their Day of the Dead celebrations.
Long Live the King is Painted with acrylic and enamel on a 6″x8″ birch panel and is in an ornate gold leaf frame, measuring 8″x10″ in total.