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The 10th Annual Small Works Show 

Lupita Carrasco was born an artist. At the age of four she was already pouring out dreams and ideas onto paper. Drawing
felt like the only thing she had control over. Lupita grew up an only child, raised by her mother who suffered from severe mental illness. During Lupita's early years she was periodically shuffled between her home in San Diego and family in Michoacan and Watsonville,
when her mother's chaos became unbearable. Art in many forms was a much needed coping mechanism for her tumultuous upbringing. Lupita's vibrant Mexican culture and traditional Roman Catholic upbringing lend their voice to her individual artistic language. Lupita's paintings are as rich in emotion as they are in
color and detail. Her creative process reflects a lifelong compulsion to investigate and merge the images and themes that surround her and live in her imagination. Over the years Lupita has continued adapting to life's growing responsibilities, such as
taking over full-time care of her mother at the age of 24 and raising a growing family. The arduous task of caring for a sick parent coupled with raising six children is a daily challenge.
Through it all Lupita has remained passionate and dedicated to her art, always seeking out new knowledge from other artists and experimenting with a variety of mediums and techniques to
better express her emotions and views on the human experience.

Artist Statement about her show:
"I paint what I know. Sometimes it involves communicating perceptions, relationships and feelings that are too difficult for me to put into words. I'm inspired by the most meaningful things we have and sometimes lose: depth and continuity, love,
faith and multi-generational connections. Lately I find myself exploring the ordinary beauty we encounter daily, the freedom of sleep, the ever changing sky. There is a certain forgiveness of myself I must exercise each time I paint. I can't let my insecurities hold me back from giving birth to my ideas. I paint in short blocks of time when kids are playing, napping, when someone steps in to make dinner, at the close of the day when the house is asleep and sometimes even before the house comes to life on Saturday mornings. The only way to grow as an artist is to keep making art, so that's what I do and I grow a little with each piece."