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Family Picnic

FAMILY PICNIC
 

Artist Notes:

FAMILY PICNIC captures the essence of family, our knowledge of where we come from, and our connection to our past--our roots. It is the universal model of sharing food, laughter, and kindness with those we love. All of our preparations, journeys, and stories come together as we talk and eat with each other. When we gather together to share a meal, we tell stories, discuss problems, and find solutions. Friends, family, and food bring us together – as they always have throughout the history of humanity.

The artwork was based on a small black and white family photo which I recreated in bright and vivid colors, and intricate patterns from my imagination. As told by my mother, it was the 1925 feast of St. John the Baptist. My mother was 16 years old, and it was her brother Juan’s 18th birthday, as well as his Saint’s day. Together with their mom and neighbors, they drove on a flatbed truck up to a pine forest in the Sierra Madres of Chihuahua, Mexico. They brought chicken, rice, tortillas, pinto beans, and cheese for a picnic. As two young fellows, neighbors, played mandolin and guitar, the group danced and sang. 

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Completed: November, 2014

Size: Image: 22" x 26"
        Paper: 27" x 31"

Edition Size: 100 Prints 

Paper: Somerset Enhanced             330 GSM
          (Archival 100%                    Cotton-Rag Paper)

Media: Giclee Fine Art Print 

Price: $500 

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