Monday, March 2, 2015


I figured I'd begin this blog with an introduction. 

 My shovel for the recent ground breaking ceremony.  This piece is now property of the city of El Paso.

I enjoy making batiks, I get great colors and textures.

One of my favorite Mexican restaurants here in town.  Whenever I go out of town, I make it a point not to eat Tex-Mex food.  I get extremely ill eating that food.  Tex-Mex restaurants make their food with so much spices trying to replicate the authentic food.  Mexican food uses fresh vegetables and chilies.  If you're ever in town, this is where I'll take you for some very good food.

 The city covered in fog.

Our mountains split the city in half.  When you ask an El Pasoan what part do you live in, we answer with, "On the east side", or "Lower Valley", so on and so on.  El Paso is very hilly and we have the craziest weather.  We can have sun, wind, rain, snow and fog all in one day.
We have the best sunsets and I love it when it rains when the sun is out.  The rain glistens like diamonds.

Juarez, MX. is right there!  One of the questions I always get when I travel and I say I live in El Paso is how close is MX.  I always answer, "Really, really close".
No, the violence did not trickle over, we are the safest city in the country.  My dad was born on the other side of that fence and I spent much of my youth right over there.  The night life was crazy when I was growing up.  The drinking age was 16.  We all went to Juarez on the weekends!

More of my work.
We make tamales every Christmas, which we share with everyone we know.
My family, traditions and this area are what make me who I am.


  1. Hi Nena, Thank you for inviting me to view your new blog for class.It is a wonderful introduction and I cannot wait to come visit your city and eat in your favorite restaurant.

  2. That shovel is so awesome! very symbolic! Where is the restaurant? I have never been to that area of TX or MX but would like to experience the culture, traditions, and sunsets!

  3. I'm totally in love with that shovel. Thank you very much for sharing your talents.

  4. I enjoyed this entry. It gives a very nice sense of you and where you come from. I feel like I've just been to El Paso!

  5. I have ALWAYS wanted to visit El Paso. I have alot of friends from there. You'll have to share with us the name of the restaurant! I love your art, your heritage and love for how you grew up is apparent. I get a nostalgic feeling with the jewelry.

  6. Is that what the alligator stands for? The mountains in the fog looks like an alligator. I was wondering why the theme of alligator was used in some of the public art in El Paso. I will definitely hit you up if we make it out to El Paso. We were just there last Summer, my husband and another poet read at one of the library's and did a workshop. They were also going to read at this protest at some center that was going to be demolished but that event was cancelled. Great City and a very excellent art and literary scene.