You’ll often find me painting and doodling around town while I wait for notoriously late Costeño appointments. I’ve been an “art kid” all my life and I find much inspiration along the colorful Colombian coast.
Sancocho de Hueso 6″ x 4.5″ Acrylic + Watercolor
This Costeño staple is always the center of any family, business or social event. Growing up my mom always prepared it for me with premium beef. My experience living in smaller more rural towns for my service revealed that it is traditionally prepared with the rib bone, yuca and plantains. Always garnished with cilantro and a wedge of lime.
Marimonda 6″ x 4.5″ Acrylic
This classic Colombian icon emerges during festival times but goes as far back as the beginning of the 20th century. Legend has that a Barranquillero (Colombian native of the city of Barranquilla) put a sack of flour on his head, backwards trousers and an upside down jacket with a tie as the finishing touch to mock high society.
Chivita 6″ x 4.5″ Acrylic + Watercolor
A chiva is a traditional Costeño bus and pop cultural icon. If you stop at virtually any major or small town along the Colombian coast you’ll find a wide assortment of little chiva knick-knaks for the taking. Usually in more touristic areas there are chiva party tour busses but as a Peace Corps Volunteer I’m lucky enough to experience the real deal on a daily basis.
Vueltiao 6″ x 4.5″ Acrylic + Watercolor
A true icon in Costeño culture, the Sombrero Vueltiao. I’m not sure if it’s just pueblo chisme (gossip) but its said that president Bill Clinton rocked one when he visited Cartagena as well as Pope John Paul II. Mostly, I just see the manly man farmers wear them around town, but only when they aren’t busy wearing their American baseball caps.
Tinto 6″ x 4.5″ Acrylic + Watercolor
This inspiration came as I sat curbside for about 4 hours waiting for a local association director to finally step into office. This tinto (coffee) cart can often be seen hulled around town at the prime hours of 6 A.M.-12 P.M. Offering everything from Coffee, hot chocolate, Avena (oatmeal drink) and tea.
Psst 6″ x 4.5″ Acrylic + Watercolor
This collage was inspired by all the sounds you’ll hear in a typical Colombian pueblo. From moto’s zipping past to the avocado man shouting at the top of his lungs, really you can probably hear him from China if you really listen closely.
Ode to Britto 24″ x 36″ Acrylic
A painting I drew for Paul for Christmas 2016. Our PC budgets are slim so gift giving always welcomes some form of creativity. I was inspired by Romero Britto, a very popular artist back home in Miami.