Size: 18"W x 20"H x 2"D
Year Created: 2011
You are looking at a facial carved rendering of Huitzilopochtli, one of the most important of the Aztec gods, the god of the sun, warfare, military conquest and sacrifice, who according to tradition, led the Mexica people from Aztlan, their mythical homeland, into Central Mexico. According to some scholars, Huitzilopochtli could have been an historical figure, probably a priest, who was transformed into a god after his death.
Huitzilopochtli is known as "the portentous one", the god who indicated to the Aztecs/Mexica where they should build their great capital city, Tenochtitlan. He appeared in dreams to the priests and told them to settle on an island, in the middle of lake Texcoco, where they would see an eagle perching on a cactus. This was the divine sign.
I am passionate about art. I paint so that my passion shows through. Bold colors are used to bring ancient history to vivid life.
Water and rocks are the predominant themes of many of my paintings. I was fascinated with water as a small boy and spent many happy boating hours on the Susquehanna River near where I lived in Pennsylvania. The passion for rocks also comes from living in Arizona for 28 years. I find the delicate hues of red, orange, and brown in the desert rocks a joy to paint. Lake Powell on the Arizona/ Utah border is one of my favorite places in the world because of its spectacular, colorful rock formations. Many of the water and rock scenes can only be reached by boat. Since moving to Texas, I have painted outdoor scenes including missions. My website art gallery (ArtID.com/tedhess) has a special section on “Texas Happenings” showing paintings of missions, and outdoor scenes. My latest project is the use of 3-D effects in the paintings using plaster of paris and wood.” Ted has a BA in Fine Arts from Penn State University and an MBA from Ohio State University. He has studied under the following Southwest Artists: Kenn Backhaus, Prescott, AZ Tom Haas, Phoenix, AZ Bill Lundquist, Phoenix, AZ Kerner School of Art, Mesa, AZ Matt Smith, Scottsdale, AZ Sharon Weiser, Scottsdale, AZ Ted has been an active member of the following organizations: Sonoran Artists League, Cave Creek, AZ (Juried) The Arizona Artists Guild, Phoenix, AZ (Juried) Regional Artists Consortium, San Antonio, TX Boerne Art Association, Boerne, TX River Art Gallery, San Antonio, TX Ted has won 1st and 3rd place awards in the Texas TASHA Art