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My art is very personal, so these paintings are talking to me. Do my collectors want me to leave the city? That depends on whether or not they prefer tension or serenity. I know I create art from both sides, and I sell both sides, too. Maybe someday when I end up in a small town again my art will shift from the tranquil and attempt draw from the missed hot city street.
While living in Chile I visited many small towns. One of my favorites was La Serena, which is about six hours north of Santiago by bus. A few minutes-walk from the sea, it's population of about 150,000 is so incredibly spread out that it doesn't feel like more than 10,000 people live there. For me that's fine. It's not the size of the city that's important, but the feel. This holds true for San Antonio, which is just a couple of hours west of Santiago. It's population is about 90,000, but it feels much smaller because of how it's spread out. It was not far from San Antonio where I was able to find some inspiration from the famed poet Pablo Neruda at his beach house Ilsa Negra.