One of my best memories is when my Grandma took the time to teach me how to make her delicious tortillas. She made them almost every morning of her life. She showed me how to add the basic ingredients, flour, salt, lard, and warm water. She taught me how to make small balls first and dent them in the middle with my fingers before we rolled them out. I paint because of my love and memories of my Grandma Reynalda Almeida. She lived in a little adobe casita near Canyon Road in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The heart of my Grandma's home beat in the kitchen. As we drove to her home down the little hill street of Camino Sin Nombre, my heart fluttered in anticipation. She always had a pot simmering on the stove and open arms ready for her children and grandchildren. The rich smell of red chile would permeate the house while my Grandma would push my small hands into a floury bowl of tortilla dough. It is with her in mind and in my heart that I paint San Pascual.
Victoria de Almeida copyright 2010
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
November 18th, 2014
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