This is a painting I did to honor my Italian grandpa Thomas James Shinas Sr. (1922-2013) who passed away this past November. His mother's maiden name was Bosolo so I added that to the flour bag along with my Granddad's initials. He loved his Italian sausage and pasta! I thought I would paint a pizza oven because pizza is my FAVORITE FOOD! Also this is the year my husband and I will travel to Italy to celebrate our 20 year wedding anniversary! Salud!
Through my work I always hope to tell a story about my personal experiences as a Hispanic woman. I was born and raised in the beautiful state of New Mexico and my family has been in northern New Mexico for over 10 generations. My work comes from my memories of growing up in a large extended family and my favorite subjects to paint are the people and traditions of northern New Mexico. Both my father and grandfather are artists, so I grew up surrounded by work. I have always loved art and have wanted to become an artist for as long as I can remember.
My primary medium is acrylic on canvas. I have also enjoyed using acrylic on wood as well. As a self-taught artist, I really fight “looking at” something when I’m painting or sketching. I...
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