You are an artist, you architect your own house, designed and layout your own fruit farm.
Happy mother's day mommy! You are to us a perfect example of womanhood, chastity, generosity, career. determination, survival and achievement. Coming from Bulan Sursogon to Manila with nothing except being an original scholar ng bayan at University of the Philippine -- to being a wife age 17-- to being a Toyota law scholar at the Ateneo de Manila with 6 young children age 28 -- to a struggling entrepreneur -- to being a successful lawyer for civil, corporate and family court cases.., to being a loving grandmother to Cheska, Aex, Aegis, Eiwell, Erika and Eyra.
You adapted individuals, you have helped countless people. You even love Gilbert., our best friends, our help/s, our assistant/s and considered our husbands as if they are your very own. Im sure Eiza, Eva, Yoyi, Eijet and maybe Eric feel the same way.
You show us what is survival and what is living all about. Three times you cheated death, I'm so grateful you fought hard so you can still live for us. I know as your eldest I am the most stubborn among your children but you never turned your back on me
I discover I can create images using water color when I was 13 years old.
It was Mrs. Norma Lionggoren who in a way supported me in my earl venture in to art trading. She introduces me to her own best practices in the field of
art collection, art valuation and appreciation, preservation and cultural contribution.
Tita Norma gave me ideas who are the contemporary artists I can start leveraging with. I feel I have learn from the best.
Most of my art trading is done online through Dekada Arts Philippines. The world wide web provided me leads and opportunity to be part and bring Filipino artistd to California, San Francisco, New York and Singapore.
Eventually I started to produce my own exhibits, featuring local Filipino artists I have personally selected. The first art show I have produce is "BUHAY at BIYAYA" at Sining Kamalig Gateway Mall. It was attended by 300 guests composing of art collectors, critics, family and friends.
I have managed several artists eventually almost every one of them became successful and their artworks reach to a point their values became too expensive for my business. My art business may appear successful because of the many succeeding shows I am producing but as I go on to a certain extend the earnings compared to the efforts is not compensating.
So to augment initially my intention to paint again is have stocks of cheap paintings I can
sell on my online store.
A lot of my friends find that ironically funny, I too is
also laughing with that business strategy but through many of my experimentation,
using different mediums and materials to produce my own inventories, I find my self expressing my inner personal thoughts on canvass.
Working with so many surreal expressionist, listening to so many visual artist I know where they are getting their inspiration for their great images.
In my case it came very natural; my images speaks of how I feel and what is important to me. I enjoy creating these things and it gets very personal. Sometimes when my art work gets sold it is hard to let go.
I think I was able to produced around 30 paintings between 2010-2011 almost all are sold. A lot of which is in Singapore and US. A few are acquired in the Philippines and one in UK.
I have picture of them somewhere in my computer folder. I hope eventually I will catalog all of them in this page.
Eireen Diokno-Bernardo as Madam Sangre for Visual Arts.