Thursday, July 09, 2009

Big Bend Ranch Paintings in London: Mayra Moreno

Sixteen year old, Mayra Moreno, is one of eleven Presidio High School artists invited to exhibit in London's Saatchi Art Gallery this summer.

The Presidio students' works were selected in a worldwide competition. They are inspired by the beauty of the Big Bend region, focusing on the Big Bend Ranch State Park and Fort Leaton State Historic Site.

Laurie Holman is the art teacher at Presidio High School. “I am an artist as well as an art teacher. I have lived in the Big Bend for 15 years and my love of the rugged beauty is often reflected in my artwork. So often in my class, the students want to paint beach scenes, cityscapes and snow covered mountains…places that most of them had never seen or been before. I tell them to paint what they know, to see their surroundings in a new and different way. So, this is what they did and with great success."

When asked about the inspiration for her work, "Caballo Pinto," Mayra said, "My inspiration is where I live…Presidio!" Mayra also says she most enjoys working in paints and pastels. She has been practicing art for a year.

To learn more about Big Bend Ranch State Park, click here and here.

To learn more about Fort Leaton National Historic Site, click here and here.

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