The artist is a niece of the famed Pablita Velarde, She says “I paint in a semi-traditional abstract form because that is the way I see the Mother Earth.”
This painting is more reminiscent of her aunt’s work than some others, because of the cultural subject matter and somewhat flat, frontal style.
This delightful painting is full of motion; the gleeful mood of the characters is conveyed by the dancing, dynamic forms, as much as by the cheery faces.
In this abstracted, flat style that is looks back to the early Pueblo paintings, her line is defined, detailed and elegant, despite the comic mood.
The artist has written about this painting: “In a clowns life…..they only live for joy, And today that happiness comes from Devouring watermelons. True bliss In a clown girls Life.”
As with all her paintings, this one is accompanied by a copy of the poem.