Photo Essay: Artist in Residence
Story and Photos by Keri Gabriele, Photo Editor
Texas-born artist Amado Peña formed intricate designs with his paintbrush while describing his journey in art at the Sept. 26 Artist in Residence event at the Rio Grande Gallery.
Peña, whose work is characterized by bold color, said he starts most work in pen and ink, then colors like a coloring book with acrylic inks and soft- bodied acrylic paints.
A lifelong artist and educator, Peña said he would get frustrated when he heard students say they weren’t creative. His response: “Well, who dressed you this morning? You did, right? You created that outfit. You are creative.”