This body of work is from a series entitled “Last Stop” depicting various food trucks and stands throughout Texas typically at night when most of the venues are populated or well lit. The popularity of the food stand and taco truck have become a staple of the American landscape, regardless of the food that each serves. They are an escape from the monotony of the common fast food establishment and offer so much more in terms of a communal experience in the discovery of new cuisine or a refuge of comfort in food and individuals.
Viewed as an extension of my paintings of meats associated with my Mexican culture (lengua, tripas, etc.), this current series of food trucks began with a late night visit to pick up a couple of tacos from a truck that I often frequented and on the way had noticed an unusual sight. The streetlight that illuminated the area was not working and the only light visible was the glow coming from inside the truck. While not necessarily unusual in itself, from a distance this view gave the truck the appearance of it almost hovering in the rich black emptiness of space. It was a mysterious and surreal scene. I quickly took out my phone to snap a couple of shots, picked up my tacos, then went home to make some sketches (while eating my tacos of course.) Since then I’ve visited numerous food trucks /stands to take photos and sketch while observing the atmosphere both in and outside of these locations. Each truck/ stand has its own presence and the visitors become its culture.
"Late Summer Night, CCTX," 2017 (Sold)
7:00 pm, Cold Night, 2017
Fluorescent Glow, Cold Night, 2016 (SOLD)
Green Truck, 2017
Saturday Night Takeout, 2017
Cold Night, Late, 2017
Last Stop at the Green Truck, 2016 (SOLD)
9:30pm, Summer Friday Night, 2017 (SOLD)
El Taco Rey, Houston, TX., 2016, (SOLD)
Pink Neon, 2017 (SOLD)
Friday Night Stop, Kingsville, TX., 2016 (SOLD)
Last Stop - Oil and mixed media paintings (2015 - current)
Last Stop, 2016 (SOLD)
Study in Gray, 2015 (sold)
Elvas's, 2016 Oil on canvas (SOLD)
Nelson's, 2015, Oil on panel, (sold)
Thursday Night, 10:00pm, 2016
Neon Glow, 2017, oil on panel (SOLD)
While I'm currently involved with my LAST STOP series of food trucks, I still find time to explore other interest in imagery, processes, and genre. Constant exploration of your medium can only improve your skillset in my opinion.
As in my own work, I push for experimentation in imagery and materials in my students. This is of course after they have learned the traditional approach to painting in my classes. What is presented here is a mix of traditional painting techniques, a combination with experimental processes and materials, or a direct experimental approach.
I’ve always been facinated by the medium of Encaustic. It’s unlimited potential just as the medium of Oil is truly remarkable. Thus in my continuing exploration of the portrait (see other works) the process just lent itself to medium and vice versa. All works were completed in late 2018 and measure roughly 8” x 8” square.