My art is about the love to what is essential within us and a reverence for life. My paintings speak of the love and the connection to oneself, to a loved one, the environment and a cultural heritage.
I stand for diversity, compassion, interconection and celebrating one’s cultural heritage.
Mi arte es sobre el amor a lo esencial dentro de nosotros mismos y la reverencia por la vida. Mis pinturas hablan sobre el amor y la conexión a uno mismo, a un ser amado, al ambiente y un legado cultural.
Personalmente creo en la diversidad, compasión , interconexión y en celebrar el legado cultural de uno.
Reviews from Collectors
"Adriana, your portrait brought a smile to my father face and brought my mother to tears. Working with you has been such a blessing, you made the process easy and affordable to do a customized piece. This piece far exceeded my expectations and certainly turned heads once we completed the custom frame. Your work is now hanging in our family dining room, as a reminder of my parent's love for one another. Thank you for helping me surprise them with a beautiful piece to honor their marriage. I will definitely be commissioning another portrait soon and I will highly recommend you out to others looking for masterpieces! You are amazingly talented and just a delight to work with!" - Christina Bunting
"This wasn’t the first time I sought out Adriana so I was really excited. I loved the first pieces she did for me - capturing my grandchildren in their wonderful, amazing innocence. This time, however, I really wanted Adriana’s original art with all its brilliance. I had admired her pieces for so long, I just never thought I would be able to acquire one. I couldn’t decide which one I loved most so I chose two. I could not wait for their delivery and when Adriana brought them to me, I was so completely thrilled and happy! Every night, they greet me when I walk in the door and I couldn’t be happier." -Laura Alvarez, Principal at Protected Health Information Management Services PHIMS, LLC.
'Our experience with Adriana was such a great one that we asked her to come back a couple of times. She has filled my home with portraits that are so special to me. She was able to adapt to everyone in my family when doing our portraits which means a lot when you are dealing with a 10 year old, 12 year old, 40 year old and 60 year old grandma!" -Lucia Thompson, Attorney at law
"You really 'painted' our grandchildren’s true emotions and feelings. You definitely can feel their personalities." Reynaldo Ortiz, Attorney at law
"My husband and I commissioned Adriana to paint our granddaughter and grandson's portraits. We were very happy with the results! They are beautiful! Adriana is a very talented artist and we look forward to having her paint our youngest granddaughter's portrait in the future. Thank you Adriana !"-Debbie Ortiz
"If you are looking for a genuine, honest and passionate artist, look no further, Adriana will surprise you! It was a surreal experience having you paint live during our wedding reception, we loved it and so did our guests! I enjoy the personal touch and fun you add to all your work. The painting you made for us exceeded my expectations." -Johana Gervais
"We have known Adriana for quite a while. Adriana has always been a genuine person and it shows in her paintings. We commissioned Adriana because we felt comfortable in our request and because we knew that she would put her heart into her work. Although Adriana has her own style of painting, she was attentive to what we expected our pieces to express. The two pieces surpassed our expectations. Of course, the best part of it all is finally seeing the finished pieces. They are absolutely amazing". -Raymundo Valdez
"Me senti agusto en todo el proceso del encargo, nos entendimos desde el primer momento.Me encanto como Adriana iba entendiendo cada cosa que platicabamos sobre lo que esperaba de la pintura. Lo que mas disfrute fue la sorpresa de haber integrado la cola de la sirena que tanto me gusta.La pintura supero mis espectativas. Adriana es una artista con la que me gustaria seguir tratando y conociendo mas de sus pinturas y metodos."-Andrea Govela
"Artistas como Adriana Martinez son una gran fuente de inspiración y de energía creativa. A través de sus obras trasmite y contagia esa magia. Muchas gracias por mi cuadro, supero mis expectativas, tan lleno de colores y detalles, me encantó!" -Daniela Macías Azuara
"Me encantaron mis dibujos. Todo el proceso fue muy divertido. Adriana es excelente escucha y supo entender y plasmar lo que se me hizo difícil de explicar con palabras. La comisión se tuvo que platicar por teléfono/skype pues yo vivo en México pero me hubiera encantado sentarme a tomar un café con Adriana. Muy recomendada, su trato y su trabajo, excelente." -Beatriz Gonzalez Rivera
"Yo he adquirido dos pequeños cuadros trabajo de Adriana pero son grandes por lo expresan, el trabajo realizado en ello es extraordinario, admiro todo lo que realiza. Recomiendo ampliamente su arte original y vinculado con mi cultura mexicana es mucho más mérito y reconocimiento". -Araceli Montes
MY WHAT, WHY, FOR WHO AND HOW
I make culturally rich paintings that celebrate a person’s or tribe’s cultural heritage.
I paint portraits of people that want to celebrate their cultural heritage while emphasizing their uniqueness as an individual.
My paintings deepen one’s sense of identity with cultural richness. The awareness of our uniqueness and inter-conection are simultaneously expressed.
As a child I went back-and-forth from Mexico to the United States. I was deeply touched and influenced by the indigenous and how they were discriminated. This is a social class issue that has been going on for centuries since colonialism. Yet I I was always treated with respect and kindness by them. I was impressed by the way they would carry their bodies with a softness that inspires to this day.
My MISSION is to honor a person’s cultural heritage through a portrait while emphasizing their uniqueness.
As part of a modern society we can become homogenous and feel lost in an ocean of people. Technology and social media both can hinder connection and facilitates it but it might not create a deep sense of identity and connection that we all crave as human beings.
I paint a portrait of a person celebrating cultural heritage. This emphasizes their uniqueness and brings awareness on how we are all connected and being a “minority” race is very relative. Racism looses its power.
When I am commissioned to paint a piece we have a conversation where I ask questions, I research that culture or cultures and integrate symbols and textiles accordingly.
My art is for people that want to celebrate their their ancestral roots.
People who purchase and collect my work feel a true sense of connection with me as a person, as an artist and what I stand for.
I know my collectors personally most of them in person.
I do not get asked for discounts or deals. My collectors know that they are investing in a piece that is worth its value..
It is an honor and a joy to meet with them and nurture these relationships over the years.
I love business women, which the majority of my collectors are. Because they are smart, courageous and dedicated.
I do have a few awesome men too as my clients!!
MEANING BEHIND EACH SERIES
My indigenous series are about honoring different tribes and depicting their human spirit and beauty.
The indigenous represent a mystical realm of truth for me. Of reverence of life honoring the connection to ancestors and the earth a way of spiritually surfing the cosmos in an unapologetic way
The Luna collection is for women celebrating their power and spirit and how far we have gotten. . I paint women because they are a source of inspiration for me. As a species we have been hunted, put down, set aside, silenced, undermined, and disregarded yet we hold so much power that comes from love and resilience. Brave and astonishing women are inspiring.
Commissioned portraits are for people that want to celebrate a loved one for their uniqueness and spirit . I have delivered more than 60 commissions successfully to happy clients.
Children’s portraits are for those of you who a child to feel seen, heard and loved for their uniqueness.
I enjoy painting - immensely- by working with the different colors of the shadows against the light, lines and shapes that form a figure.
How a subtle change of a facial gesture reflects a completely different emotion is intriguing because a single moment in time can have such depth to it.
My process is about mirroring back the beauty of the person’s soul, of men, of women and children.
From start to finish it is a journey of self discovery as a use techniques to mix and apply color and adjust shadows.
Even before I begin it is challenge. “Will I get it right? Will it look like I am imagining it?” Is a question that is always lurking in the back of my mind.
I witness magic happening if I am brave enough to show up as whole, with all my light and darkness.
Years of accumulated technical experience and life experience are reflected in my work, all my heart ache and my dreams channeled into one creative act.
The act of painting is a release of energy for me, it is soothing to my senses and there is an equivical peace that comes with it at the end of a day’s work.
I feel both grateful and excited when I see my collectors happy and moved when they first see their commissioned piece for the first time.