The Tacia Retablos  is a series of thirty-three small paintings on tin.  Their form is inspired by small folk paintings of Mexico also painted on tin and often referred to as ex votos.  They recount miracles and blessings offering visible thanks for spiritual gifts.

These retablos grew out of journals kept while caring for my mother, Tacia York, who died from Alzheimer’s Disease in 1997.  I started them during Mother’s care and continued for a year after her death.

“I’ve loved her longer than anyone in my lifetime.  Our relationship began at my conception and has lasted over a half century.   It is furthermore the only truly unconditional love.  Neither one’s children nor one’s most fervent lover loves in this way.  She is with me now.”     
                                                                                                                                                            - Isabelle Allende

 

June 13, 1995
Oil & Mixed on tin
9 1/2" x 7"
 

October 1, 1995
Oil & Mixed on tin
9 1/2" x 7"
 

October 2, 1995
Oil & Mixed on tin
9 1/2" x 7"
 

October 15, 1995
Oil & Mixed on tin
9 1/2" x 7"
 

November 1, 1995
Oil & Mixed on tin
9 1/2" x 7"ctor
 
 

November 16, 1995
Oil & Mixed on tin
9 1/2" x 7"

 

December 1, 1995
Oil & Mixed on tin
9 1/2" x 7"
 

January 24, 1996
Oil & Mixed on tin
9 1/2" x 7"
 

February 21, 1996
Oil & Mixed on tin
9 1/2" x 7"
 

March 1, 1996
Oil & Mixed on tin
9 1/2" x 7"
 
April 3, 1996
Oil & Mixed on tin
9 1/2" x 7"
 
April 5, 1996
Oil & Mixed on tin
9 1/2" x 7"
 
April 16, 1996
Oil & Mixed on tin
9 1/2" x 7"
 
May 1, 1996
Oil & Mixed on tin
9 1/2" x 7"
 
May 5, 1996
Oil & Mixed on tin
9 1/2" x 7"
 
June 8, 1996
Oil & Mixed on tin
9 1/2" x 7"
 
July 5, 1996
Oil & Mixed on tin
9 1/2" x 7"
 
July 12, 1996
Oil & Mixed on tin
9 1/2" x 7"
 
August 17, 1996
Oil & Mixed on tin
9 1/2" x 7"
 
September 9, 1996
Oil & Mixed on tin
9 1/2" x 7"
 
October 1, 1996
Oil & Mixed on tin
9 1/2" x 7"
 
October 9, 1996
Oil & Mixed on tin
9 1/2" x 7"
 
November 8, 1996
Oil & Mixed on tin
9 1/2" x 7"
 
November 23, 1996
Oil & Mixed on tin
9 1/2" x 7"
 
December 1, 1996
Oil & Mixed on tin
9 1/2" x 7"
 
December 5, 1996
Oil & Mixed on tin
9 1/2" x 7"
 
December 8, 1996
Oil & Mixed on tin
9 1/2" x 7"
 
December 31, 1996
Oil & Mixed on tin
9 1/2" x 7"
 
January 11, 1997
Oil & Mixed on tin
9 1/2" x 7"
 
January 14, 1997
Oil & Mixed on tin
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February 7, 1997
Oil & Mixed on tin
9 1/2" x 7"
 
February 18, 1997
Oil & Mixed on tin
9 1/2" x 7"