I use the term icon instead of retablo. My paintings are based on particular ideas and feelings. Where I live has always had an influence on me and my art work – hence painting icons.
My paintings deal with patron saints and Madonnas. I have developed my art by constantly working on my understanding of the Catholic traditions, information about the saints and the areas of life over which they assume patronage. There are over 3000 saints of ailments, animals, professions and places and of course, the Queen of all saints, Mary. Within the Catholic tradition, information about the saints and the areas of life over which they assume patronage is passed along by means of holy or prayer cards. They are honored as fellow believers who were especially close to the Lord. I paint the saints whose particular areas of patronage are relevant today and address widespread needs. The icons are a way to remember them and to imitate their exceptional virtues. My work simply speaks for itself and my desire is to communicate love. My icons should not be looked upon with superstition.
Whatever the image form – the artist should have a message. I want to keep my work honest and just keep painting. I always have a voice in my art work. My icons and paintings whisper love, hope and peace.