The New and The Old

As an immigrant to the North County area I have always felt a bit out of place. I have never really minded it because it is such a beautiful place that it makes it all too easy to forget about certain realities. However, in the past 10 years I have noticed the neighborhoods struggling to denounce progress though it must not be logical in a business driven society. Maintaining the past under these circumstances becomes that much tougher for the community since the old market is constantly being phased out […]

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Painting Our Border Wall

This past weekend, shortly after I had finished painting my designated portion of the border wall, I was asked a series of questions during an interview. The question seemed very simple at first but as I applied the reasoning process I was taught many moons ago in a senior year Medical Ethics class, I came to find that I was treading very interesting water. The question was as follows: “Are artists responsible for changing the world?” I opened with a simple statement: if the responsibility to change the world was […]

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Encinitas alley gets a new mural

What a joy it is to spend 4 days in an alley 2 blocks away from Moonlight Beach in Encinitas, California. I had the pleasure of meeting special people from many different ideologies and cultures and at the same time I was allowed to do what I do best, spread color where it needs it most. This project was made possible by the City of Encinitas Mizel Grant Program and the County of San Diego Community Enhancement Grant Program in collaboration with Encinitas 101 Mainstreet Association and Union Cowork. I […]

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Mural Reflection

By: Don Masse. Last spring I introduced my 3rd graders to the work of Santos. I used his work as inspiration for a project that focused on abstraction, meaning in art, and watercolor techniques. I’m drawn to the flow and rhythm of the line work of Santos. The openness of his shapes and forms makes repeated viewing a treat, as new elements can stand out each time. That’s one of the cool things about abstractionist work is that another person may see other things or connections in it, and this […]

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Freese Elemetary School Gets A New Mural

The latest mural campaign is in full swing and I have now visited two elementary schools during the month of October. I am pleased to tell you that there are two more locations lining up for the month of November but I will not be dropping names due to the fact that I have no idea where I will find the time to make them happen. This last project took place at Freese Elementary School in San Diego, California USA. I ended up entitling the piece “Self-Control” simply because on […]

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Volunteer Work 

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting Don Masse at the gallery space in La Jolla. After only a few minutes he was telling me that he is an art teacher at Zamorano Fine Arts Elementary School in San Diego, California USA and that he and his students had studied my work in his classroom. This conversation lead to us discussing the possibility of painting a mural at the school and only a couple of weeks later I find myself writing this blog entry as the […]

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Doing The Good Work

It was nice to get involved in the lives of orphans once again. I dont understand how I continue to visit exotic places only to end up experiencing that which is lived on a constant basis by the local population. In this case it was Medellin Colombia. After only a couple of days I had the luck and the absolute pleasure of meeting personally the founder of Hogares Claret, Padre Gabriel Mejia. Thirty minutes is all it took for Hogares Claret to open their doors and allow me, The Art […]

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