The work represented in this exhibition is based on my 91-year-old grandmother, Nana, and younger sister Lindsey. It’s a snapshot of their life in the small agricultural community of Grimes, California, population 391. Most of the imagery in my work is based on the quality time they spend together at home in the kitchen, making tortillas and preparing food from the garden.

 

I have always been interested in figures in interior spaces so after several recent visits to Grimes, I was inspired to capture the relationship and daily activities between both Nana and Lindsey. This meant documenting and sketching the subtle moments of food preparations and daily tasks of the home. Although my grandmother’s mobility is limited and Lindsey takes care of the more rigorous chores, Nana still insists on washing the dishes every morning and doing her share of the cooking.

 

This body of work is dedicated to Lindsey, who decided that it was time to take a leave from the corporate world in pursuit of precious time with a loved one.

La Cena
La Cena

36 x 36, oil on canvas

Carlotta Olivares
Carlotta Olivares

36 x 36, oil on canvas

On Their Way Out
On Their Way Out

30 x 40, oil on canvas

Dinner Preparations
Dinner Preparations

30 x 40, oil on canvas

Awaiting Repair
Awaiting Repair

watercolor on bristol, 20.5 x 28 in

Morning Light
Morning Light

watercolor on bristol, 16.25 x 22.5 in

Nana's Morning Routine
Nana's Morning Routine

30 x 40, oil on canvas

The Tortilla Maker
The Tortilla Maker

22 x 28, oil on canvas

3:00 Nap
3:00 Nap

watercolor on bristol, 20 x 28.5 in

The Backyard in Grimes
The Backyard in Grimes

20 x 24, oil on canvas

Drawing of Carlotta
Drawing of Carlotta

Strathmore paper, charcoal and conte, 18x24

Nana's Kitchen
Nana's Kitchen

Gouache on paper, 8x10 in

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