I guess the biggest treat for me was to see all of the folk art being done and going to market with my mother. Each area of Mexico has its art specialty. Guadalajara's specialty was pottery.
I never realized how my early childhood travels influenced my art. Being a picture framer I am fascinated by shadow boxes, or any box that can contain art in general. The assemblages of Joseph Cornell intrigue me , particularly. His boxes are like visual poetry for me.
A popular image of purgatory in Mexican folklore is that of the "anima sola" , the lonely soul . I've done a few adaptations on this theme.