The part of the Day of the Dead tradition that fascinates me the most is the art. When I think about it, I think it comes from my childhood fascination and relation to Mexican Folk Art. I grew up in San Antonio, Texas, and Mexican Folk Art was so prevelant that I did not see it as exceptional. As a young artist, I wanted to push away from the familiar and common. However, as an order artist I find myself drawn back to the comfort of those colors and textures of my youth. Artists Like Carlos Arredondo inspire me to return again and again to the traditional images of Dia de los Muertes to find expression and depth in my own creations.