Still Wish You Were Here
Oil on Canvas
48 x 30 inches
This painting is based on a collage that I created years ago following a visit to Mexico City where I came across an image of “El Santo Niño de las Suertes” (The Holy Child of Blessings). According to the legend, dating back to the early 19th century, two missionaries were on their way to Tlalpan (a suburb of Mexico City). As they approached their destination, they heard a child’s cries. Intrigued and surprised because the area was not inhabited, they searched the place where they heard the sounds and found a child who was barely four months old. Upon picking him up, the child turned to stone, and simultaneously, a spring began to flow from the ground. This spring is called "Ojo del Niño" (Eye of the Child) and can be found in present-day Tlapan.
Coincidentally, I chose water as part of the collage although I was unfamiliar with the legend until I completed the piece. In fact, I used the image of the cranes on the water to simply convey serenity—the fish and the bright pink color of the skull, whimsy—I did all in memory of a departed friend.