Well, I've been having fun preparing for several shows this November - I'm creating a beautiful DAY OF THE DEAD altar - OFRENDA - featuring ZAPATA, a legendary and revered leader of the LIBERATION ARMY OF THE SOUTH - in the state of Morelos, -and the inspiration for the agrarian movement called Zapatismo.  The show will open November 1st at El Museo Cultural De Santa Fe. 

This inspiration  for creating  my Zapata  projects began when I spotted VALENTIN ARRELLIN working at The Plaza Cafe - one of my favorite restaurants in downtown Santa Fe. He had a beautiful face that I thought  could transform into ZAPATA with the addition of a handlebar mustache, a substantial  cigar, a gun or two, and a fancy jacket - The  perfect model for my contemporary Zapata photographic project. Valentin agreed and we took the photos in the historic Louis Montano Park with its' vibrant  mural referencing  New Mexico's Aztec ties and deep pre-American roots.  The perfect background for the shoot.

Here's what Valentin & I created with a bit of post photo manipulation on my part..


A special thank you to my amazing model VALENTIN who will be dressed as
 ZAPATA at the opening of the DAY OF THE DEAD & SHRINE SHOW
on NOVEMBER 1ST at El Museo.

Stay tuned for another show I'm in at The Gallery At El Gancho...
Announcement to follow...



CHAR is a legendary Santa Fe designer who for years held sway over a beautiful downtown shop - just across from La Fonda Hotel - where you could find her signature leather clothing and very Santa Fe peasant blouses. Her client list boasted the likes of - Waylon Jennings, Goldie Hawn, Barbara Streisand and Cher. After closing her downtown location, she  opened a charming boutique in the  White Studio - just behind the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. And it was with great sadness she closed  those doors last year. But she's back...designing a new and exciting collection showcased in a beautiful, just-opened, clothing/accessory shop  - KARINA ON CANYON.

Char's new line of  snazzy jackets... and her signature shirts.

 Although I've blogged CHAR several times on CHASING, I had never visited her TESUQUE STUDIO, so when she invited me to stop by, I did and found MAGIC

Tucked onto the grounds of the former Shidoni Foundry, this turquoise-trimmed, two-story cabin is beguiling. Char found it years ago and turned it into a working studio. When you step through the front door you are engulfed in  color, texture and a gentle activity of measuring, cutting, sewing and creating CHAR'S signature couture.

Gorgeous fabrics and ephemera everywhere... And Char's IDEA BOOKS filled with
page after page of fashions and detailing that have caught her eye...

Char's long-time assistant - Josefina - then helps turn her sketches , drawings and patterns into garments that are SO CHAR...

Thanks Char for this behind-the-scenes peek at how you create!

New Collection available at:


656 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM 87501