This is a new painting for the show in Puerto Rico. The title is Dandelion Bird. In this painting I wanted to fuse three main elements in a very organic way: a dandelion a bird and the body of a woman. This painting is dedicated to my friend Debra and it’s about all the feelings that I have experienced since her departure.
My friend Debra’s departure has left an empty space in my heart. I miss her so much. It’s hard to believe that I will never see her again in person. It’s a painful feeling of emptiness. We had a plan of going somewhere together to celebrate my 40th birthday, maybe Mexico or Cuba. I thought that she was going to live to be 100 just like her Mom. But those are very limited and materialistic thoughts. When I go beyond those kinds of thoughts I find myself in a much deeper place. I realize that Debra is more present than ever in my life. There is not a day when I don’t think about her. Any departure is hard to accept but we eventually learn that nothing really important ever goes away.
Like the delicate dandelion seeds in the air, Debra’s spirit is everywhere in my life. Those tiny seeds of my friend’s absense are planting a beautiful new garden in my soul. Tiny flowers blossom in it every time I think about her. I know that as that garden grows bigger and bigger the hole in my heart will feel smaller and smaller. Frienship never dies in the absense of your friend. It only takes a different form in your mind. It becomes pure love making its magic through your days. Debra will be with me forever.