I witness firsthand the architect and her team working long hours, nights and weekends. And, of course, the hard work has paid off. Barbara Felix and the hotel received positive responses and wonderful reviews! I even heard some people gasped as they entered into the rooms. I know that because I was in the hall way painting! But--if I can brag for a bit--one of the hotel guests I was talking with/explaining what I was doing, said to me before walking off, "Well, you must be very talented if they asked you to paint here." Those words stuck with me and made me giddy. I thought, heck yea! I will accept that compliment, "Thank you. Thank you, very much!"
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And my personal favorite:
The following slide show is some of the work I did at La Fonda. Kiva fireplaces painted with simple flowers, the odd-looking metal portals are actually laundry chutes (the original artist had painted some flowers and animals, and I just pumped it up a little, trying to keep the artists original work). You can see the laundry chutes if you wonder the corridors of the hotel. The last images are the headboards, which replaced some of the older/originals, but keeping with the Spanish Colonial/Mission Revival and Native American motifs. Also keeping with La Fonda's artistic integrity set by Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter (the hotel's designer and architect from 1905-1948) and paying tribute to her, nine artists were commissioned for the headboards. The other artists are:
Jack Fragile (Pueblo Heritage), Keith Grosbeck (Chippewa/Munsee-Delaware Plains Cree), Dylan McLaughlin (Navajo), Warren Montoya (Santa Ana & Santa Clara Pueblos), Shane Nichols (Passamaquoddy), Brian Vallo (Acoma Pueblo), Kat Weber (Santa Fe), and Anne Winkler (Santa Fe).
I must say, this is one of the best projects I have been apart of. I am truly thankful and happy to my dear friend, Brian Vallo, for having me aboard. Words can not express...