Basilica del Voto Nacional - Quito
Mount San Antonio College
Art has been an essential element in my life since I was a child, and I have always tried to use it to represent myself and show different aspects that constitute me. This acrylic painting is inspired by my hometown, Quito-Ecuador, which is one of the most colorful and beautiful places that I have ever experienced. The Basílica del Voto Nacional (Basilica of the National Vow), which is depicted in this painting, is the largest neo-Gothic church in South America, and I consider that it represents Quito the best. Besides its astonishing architecture and kind people, I have always been in love and amazed by Quito’s unique sky, which is completely unpredictable and an important part of this work of art.
This painting was executed in a painterly realism style as I wanted to take some liberty with the shapes and colors and allow for the brush strokes to show. My art has focused on various forms of realism—from photorealism to painterly realism, and in this case, I felt that I could best represent the energy of the scene and reinforce the drama with small active brush marks. However, as important as it was to recreate this special place through the use of slightly loose brush strokes, it was equally critical that I capture all the details of the church and dynamic sky.