Painting: Oil on Wood.
In this oil painting on masonite panel I portrayed a young teenage Chicana holding a boy in her arms. The girl looks worried, and much too old for her age; one also has to wonder if the rather defiant looking boy she holds is her own child. My painting is an all too familiar scene from the mean streets of Los Angeles where I grew up, and the work fundamentally expresses the desire, or hunger, for a different type of life.
In 2005 the painting was commissioned by award-winning author Luis J. Rodríguez, as the original first edition cover art for his anthology, My Nature Is Hunger: New And Selected Poems, 1989 - 2004. In 2014 Rodríguez was officially made Poet Laureate of Los Angeles. My painting took its title from the writer's book of poems.
I sought to create an image that reflected, not just the spirit of the poet's words, but the difficult realities of contemporary city life, and the different forms of 'hunger' people experience, the hunger for knowledge, social justice, love, and a better life.
My painting is professionally framed in a lavish wood frame and is ready to hang.
Keywords: portrait, realism, oil painting, chicano art, Los Angeles, Social Realism