Thursday, March 3, 2011


Lalo Guerrero was a Mexican-American guitarist, singer and farm labor activist widely recognized as the father of Chicano Music. I was commissioned by the Historical Society of Southern California to do this painting as a gift to Mr. Guerrero in recognition for his contributions to music, humanity, and the history of Los Angeles.

This is an imagined scene of his night club from the 1960's and is one of my favorite paintings. I only had a scanned photo of poor quality taken in the daytime to work with, so I turned it into a rainy night scene and added cars and people. When I presented this to him, he burst into tears.