40″ x 30″, acrylic on canvas, 2009

“The Heart and Hands of Coatlicue” represents the powers of energy manipulation of the curandera, the traditional Mexican healer. In this painting the healer is tapping into the vital force of life through the goddess Coatlicue, the creator and destroyer of life. Like Coatlicue, the healer must embrace sacrifice in order to manifest change. The healer is seen as a shapeshifter, her body morphing into a different form. A part of her must die to be reborn so she may act as a conduit of the sacred wave of life. “The Heart and Hands of Coatlicue” was part of the “Curanderas” exhibit at the Riverside Arts Center in Ypsilanti, MI in 2009.