9x11 3/4" Acrylic on HardboardI celebrated another year of life this summer by spending the day with a great mentor, respected elder, and friend, Nora Chapa Mendoza. Her work, known for it's power in exploring hidden images, the spiritual and sacred, and strong women, has always attracted me. We spent the day in her studio, and she shared a signature technique with me. I started this piece that day, and brought it to this point during our next session. I am especially happy with it because tekpatl appeared, a nahuatl symbol that has a great significance to me, as it's the symbol assigned to the day I was born, and I love the meaning. As she explained, tekpatl, or flint knife, is the sharp object that deftly cuts through the layers to reveal the essence or core. I like to associate it with a certain type of vision, so my hawk-eye stare peering out made perfect sense. This painting makes me feel good, such a perfect present!