Funnily enough moving to Madrid actually brought me closer to Mexico thanks to the friends I made with the Mexican community. My interest in Mexico continued to grow with its culture and music. The death of Juan Gabriel one of Mexicos legends had a great impact on me. I had no idea who he was before his death but after googling and soaking in all his shows and music I felt I always did. Through him I was introduced to Mexican Hollywood legends like Maria Felix.
Finally this year I took my first steps in Mexico territory discovering Chichen Itza and Tulum. Although a very brief visit it will be the first of many to come I´m sure. A book that introduced me into Mayan history was “The Caribbean" by James Michener, how I enjoyed this book and what an insight it gave me to Mexico history.
I explain all this as I feel that in recent years my initial interest has become a deeper feeling, as if there is something there for me awaiting. In any case i don't want to drift into the metaphysical but the question is that a couple of months ago the stars seemed to aline themselves again another Mexican came into my life. This time it was to be a woman Monica Serrano I discovered her through the organizers of my next Show. Her profession is called in Spanish “Rejoneadora” which doesn't have a literal translation into English but we can say its a form of bullfighter on horseback.
As I have become immersed in the bullfighting world and its culture here too I discovered the strong ties that lie between Andalusia and Mexico. The connection through bullfighting and horses is great and Mexico happens to have the largest bullring in the world “La Monumental” . As we all know the first Spanish colonial settlers were predominantly from the Region of Estremadura and of course they took with them their horses. These first settlers would then evolved to become the so called “cowboys” that still exist in North or South America.
As you know my next show will focus on an equestrian theme so I thought; wouldn't it be great to include her too? She will have a strong presence as the painting measures 180cmx180cm. My intention was to make the viewers attention drift to her even though she ocupies a relatively small area of the canvas. The horse is visible but fades into the background allowing her to take centre stage. Velazquez and his portraits on horse back of Spanish Royalty continues to be in my retina and this had certainly an influence in the creative process of this piece.