I like working with oils because of the way I can move them around the canvas. Painting Native American and Latino people helps me learn about the people and their cultures. I learned that Crown Dancers are mountain spirits bring the message from the Creator of how to live in harmony. To the people of some Mexican cultures, butterflies are messengers or spirits from their loved ones who have passed on. Strangely, Monarch Butterflies migrate to Mexico at the time of Dia de los Muertos.
Working with stone gives me a new perspective as I then have to think in 3D. It’s a good break from painting. I can achieve sharp details on hard stones like marble or play with light with translucent stones like alabaster and calcite. Such fun!