Dia de Los Muertos

Day of the Dead brings us the opportunity to commune in spirit with our loved ones passed on the the otherworld. Marigolds beckon and give a conduit to and from the alters of remembrance. Music and photos and flowers fulfill dreams and make connections that remain in both realms. 



***Some of these original prints are available for sale. Please inquire at artbyvaleriegraham@gmail.com***   



Traversing Covid

It has been almost six month since the pandemic became a primary determinant in life. A vacation to Mexico grew into over two months of residing high in the desert sky mountains of Zacatecas. While in Mexico, the virus continued to permeate the world. My artwork turned to watercolors and photography while away from my oil studio and printmaking. My photo of “Nuestra Señora de Tristeza Corona” introduces a collection  with la señora “Traversing Covid”. The solar plate image commences a series of my journey to the other side.  

“Transversing Covid I” Zacatecas - May 2020 - Mixed Media Monoprint

“Transversing Covid II” Mixed Media Monoprint

“Transversing Covid III” Tucson - July 2020 - Mixed Media Monoprint

“Transversing Covid IV” Mixed Media Monoprint

“Transversing Covid V” Mixed Media Monoprint - Cienega Creek 

“Transversing Covid VI” Mixed Media Monoprint


The pandemic continues and so does life in the Sonoran Desert.  Cienega Creek is a morning respite in the cool air out of the heat of Tucson. The creek bed below the railroad trestles, although without any water now, offers an interesting study and drawing opportunity of one of the trestles. Birds sing of Nuestra Señora de Tristeza Corona, looming as always during these days of 2020 …………………………………………………….

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