by Licita Fernandez

Regarding her work, the artist says:

Each of my paintings began as a drawing; I make several drawings until I come up with shapes and compositions that I find pleasing. In the case of Dreamscape, many of my influences are evident, the first being music,in this case Nuyorican salsa. The yellow vessel on the lower left has dancing legs, the building and bread (pan) represent Nu Yor, Puerto Rican New York; the table on the lower right is also dancing. Objects emerging from vessels and windows and portholes are also common themes in my artwork, as is the cactus. Visual influences other than the usual slew of artists are George Herriman, creator of Krazy Kat comic strips, Max Fleischer, creator of Betty Boop and the 1920s German noir film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.

Before language gives the brain memory, Licita Fernandez absorbed the stark, arid landscapes of El Paso, Texas, where she was born and resided briefly before she and her family moved to San Diego. In San Diego, where the desert meets the beach, Licita continued her love affair with the desert as can be seen in her earlier art. She moved to the San Francisco East Bay to finish her education at the University of California at Berkeley. Her career as a professional artist…