It seems it's a full moon night in the New Mexico desert. These nine cats are enjoying the night air on an old adobe wall in Santa Fe. Their owners have gone to bed after encouraging their feline friends to go out for the evening. A wise barn owl and a momma raccoon with her baby looks on to the scene while a trio of desert bats "hang around." I call this painting, "Who's Your Daddy? See if you can figure out why. Let me give you a hint, the cat on the upper right is hiding because he doesn't want to pay child support!
Enjoy! Answer: Each kitten matches a different "Daddy". Original Artwork by Award-Winning New Mexico Artist Victoria de Almeida. Acrylic on Canvas. 24" x 20"
Victoria de Almeida was born and raised in the beautiful state of New Mexico. Her family has been in northern New Mexico for over 9 generations. Her favorite subjects to paint are the people and traditions of northern New Mexico. When asked about what influences her work, de Almeida explains, "The foundation of my art has been largely based on the memories and experiences I have had being part of a large, beautiful, Hispanic family. I love painting interiors of the home because of my memories of my grandma Reynalda Almeida. She lived in a little adobe casita near Canyon Road in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She always had a pot simmering on the stove and open arms ready for her children and grandchildren. The rich smell of red chile would permeate the house while my Grandma would push my small hands into a floury bowl of tortilla dough. I hope that my work conveys what I believe to be true of the Hispanic culture: generosity of spirit and home, love of family and traditions, and pride in who you are and where you came from.",/p>
Victoria de Almeida is an award-winning folk artist and owner of the Victoria De Almeida Studio/Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is a member of the Contemporary Hispanic Market, the largest art show in the United States for Hispanic artists. De Almeida's work has been exhibited at the National Hispanic Cultural Center Museum and featured in New Mexico Magazine. She was the 2015 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta poster artist and Barnes and Noble chose her as their 2013 National Hispanic Heritage Artist. She has won numerous awards for her paintings including "Best of Painting" at the 2014 Contemporary Hispanic Market and she is a best selling artist on the global website Fine Art America. De Almeida has been featured on television and the Arizona State University Hispanic Research Center has produced a documentary of her life and work. Victoria de Almeida lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with her husband Doug and son Douglas.
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