This mural was influenced by Oaxacan artist Pedro Linares, who originated the Alebrijes (colorful folk art sculptures of mythical creatures). The original medium was wood. I’ve always been fascinated with the art from that region. This painting is of a hummingbird, which I consider my trademark. It’s the animal of the Aztec sun god Huitzilopochtle. He was considered the warrior of the sun, who came back as a hummingbird. I identify with his ferociousness, his ability to fly in all directions, and his resilience of spirit. I feel that this bright combination of colors will bring life to the alley.
“Julia Martinez is a Southern California artist born and raised in Riverside, now residing in San Diego. She paints in several mediums including sumi-ink, acrylic and oil. Painting is her voice as an empowered woman. Her work is often inspired by childhood memories, connections to people, guides and ancestors, spirituality and nature. She especially enjoys creating pieces that help her work through past and present challenges in life to nurture others, her soul and the universe.
“Life is a continual balancing act where light and darkness dance together. One cannot exist without the other. My works represent the journey deep inside to shine light on the dark parts so that they no longer dominate the light. Fear is released through shaking hands with the dark. Wholeness is achieved by exposing and embracing all parts.””