Painting the Pura Raza Española
As a reaction against xenophobia, I have created a series of paintings that embodies history's stereotypical warhorse or destrier tranquilly interacting with Moorish influenced decoration. This series alludes to the nonviolent association between the Pura Raza Española's portraiture with Moorish inspired ornamentation. This relationship has reference to the diplomatic collaboration of Western and Eastern ideologies. The paintings serve as both peaceful metaphor and also to honor the Moors' equine crossbreeding contributions in the West.