In November of 2017, I had the opportunity to do a solo art exhibit with the Huhugam Heritage Center named "Form & Function" showcasing a collection of my newest works depicting the Gila River Indian Community's culture and history of the Pima and Maricopa tribes.
Form & Function revealed over 10 plus new art pieces of traditional patterns, colors, and flowing black outlines on various surfaces. Stepping out of the usual acrylic paint I decided to run with aerosol paints on a 4'x4' wood panel adding a larger perspective to my recent smaller works that I'm recognized for.
I also displayed current graphic design logos, sketches, and various logos I've created for local business within the Community. Some include Gila River Transit, Native Brew Coffee Shop, and the Huhugam Heritage Center just to name a few.
Along with all the painting and graphic designing I've created. I introduced Seven Layer Army Skateboards (SLA) and displayed stencils and a skateboard along with a short skate video that looped produced by Reuben Ringlero from Apache Skateboards. Together we organize/host skate comps for local business/departments looking to reach out to youth by using SLA to represent them in their programs. We love hosting these events for the youth and promote proper safety when skateboarding.
You can find out more about SLA at www.sevenlayerarmy.com.
I would like to thank everyone that encouraged, Inspired, painted, assisted, organized, coordinated, hung artwork, turned on the lights and supported me throughout my art journey.
I had a great experience displaying, showcasing, and demonstrating my art to everyone and hope to do something like this again soon. I hope to work with you all again soon on more exciting projects in the near future.
I started taking photographs when I was 11 years old. I didn't know much about it other than that I could capture a moment in time and save memories and it seemed very technical at the time. I was drawn to the mechanics of it all. The 35mm film and the shutter of the camera.
I started using a disposable camera at first that I purchased at the local drug store and it was easy to use all I had to was just point and shoot. Most of my first photographs were of friends and family and nothing I would really share with anyone other than friends and family.
When I got into high school I took a photography 101 class and learned how to use the aperture, shutter speeds, and load film into a MINOLTA 35mm SLR camera.
At first, I took photographs of palm trees, flowers, moving objects, skateboarding, and my friends. I had no clue what I was doing at this point, all I knew I was just having fun, I didn't understand what it meant to take a decent photograph and, there was no meaning behind most of the photos I captured at first.
I learned by trial and error throughout the years, experimenting and taking a lot of photos of anything that catches my eye. Most of my photographs are spontaneous, some have some thought behind them. Now, most of what I take are with my cell phone and I also get to mess around with the work camera and those are entirely thought out.
Till this day, the mechanical parts of a 35mm camera still interest me. I nerd out and collect MINOLTA cameras when I come across one.
I love learning about how to take better photographs as well and constantly looking for inspiration around me and finding places I've yet to explore on my own.