In December I was inspired to paint Mother Mary; I’ve painted her three times now. In this painting I wanted to capture the kind loving acceptance of a Mexican Mother Mary. My husband and I lived in Oakland California for a while and at that time I began to notice when riding the subway into San Fransisco that I started to gravitate to sitting near Hispanics. They just didn’t seem to be as uptight as everyone else; it felt peaceful to sit near them. In my life I was always striving and I tended to be hard on myself. My husband, who has Hispanic blood, is a hard worker but has always been easier on himself. I have learned in life that accepting yourself is an important key. It seems to me cultures and families who honor the loving mother archetype provide a space for inner peace.