Gloria Patricia GONZÁLEZ PATIÑO
Birthplace: Hermosillo, Sonora, México
scholarship holder of AMFPA since: 2001
Painting Method: Mouth painter
I was born on June 6, 1965 in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.
During grade school, I enjoyed participating in painting and sports´ contests. In high school I excelled in Art and Drawing subjects and, in addition, I was part of the athletic team that won state and regional competitions.
My life was going on as usual until the night of March 22, 1987 when I was involved in a car accident on the road which impacted my nape. From the moment that I was rescued by emergency personnel and taken to Hermosillo hospital, my whole life changed. I was attended by the resident doctor in the emergency of the General Hospital of the State who ordered the pertinent exams, X-rays, etc. The diagnosis was a fracture of the 5th. cervical including a medullar compression. An extraction from the head was necessary to avoid major trauma to the spinal column. Even though the operation was successful, my health showed signs of complications. I was one month in a state of coma and four months in intensive therapy. Due to my immobility I caught pneumonia and I started having respiratory complications.
Since the accident and up to 1992, my life was marked with respiratory arrests, pneumonias and reconstructive surgery. Family life also suffered changes: my mother dedicated much of her time taking care of me and keeping me company, which was not well accepted by my father and brothers. My four year old son Bernardo was the only hope that encouraged me and gave me strength to live and not give up. I worried about what would become of him and tried to hide my weakness even though, at times, I went thru phases of crisis. Once I left the hospital I had to face reality, even though it was very difficult for me to accept this very severe change in my life. I remember when people would stare at me I would take a deep breath in order to get the strength to face what was happening around me without trauma or frustrations.
When I returned home after the accident, during one of those days that I would spend time reflecting and looking at the ceiling, my son asked me to help him with his school homework. It was about a drawing related to the spring season. At that moment I thought: why not try this? Remembering my days in grade school, I asked him for his notebook and a pencil and I started drawing with my mouth.
This is how I started to practice until I perfected my strokes. On one occasion I was asked if I painted with oil and I said no. Later I thought and asked myself again: why not? The material I needed was purchased and, without knowing any technique or blends, I did my first painting in 1994. It was a moment of pride to see the finished painting after many tiring days and pains in my mouth due to the blisters caused by the brush. I continued painting until I got the practice and avoided errors by learning how to use the paint.
My son´s aunt from his father´s side, who is a member of the Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists, invited me to apply for a scholarship. A year later I received a positive response to my application for the award which made me very happy and, at the same time, nervous. I felt responsible to double my determination to better develop my capacity as a painter. Being part of the Association has benefitted me physically, emotionally and financially. I feel I am useful since I am busy and I am doing what I like.
I want to thank the Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists, its founder and those who collaborate with and for it. I thank you with all my heart.