What Inspires Me - Anita Moore-Wells

Having been fascinated with color, art and drawing from an early age, my serious journey into painting started late in life when I was commissioned to do two paintings of the traditional La Calavera (skeleton) Catrina figure.  The Catrtina is the most recognized of the characters that appear at the Dia de los Muertos, the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead.

Once I completed the commission, I became interested in the history and traditions of my Hispanic roots and to Dia de los Muertos.  I loved the idea of a happy fiesta that welcomes the spirits of deceased loved ones into our lives.  Over the 3 day celebration they are honored with displays of their pictures, favorite food, and music so they are never forgotten.

Combining my own love of dance and color, I started a unique series of mixed media happy Calavera dancers.  I have my heritage to thank for my refreshed passion for painting and the enticement to spend many hours in my small home studio in Nipomo. Currently, I’m using oils, acrylics and mixed media to paint various subjects that catch my eye or that move me in some way.

Anita Moore-Wells studio is in Nipomo (she’s #12 in the catalog). You can also see more of her work at anitamwellsart.com.