Piece description from the artist
This much applauded singer with a powerhouse voice and flare for extravagant costumes, jewelry and hair, was a national treasure in Cuba until her political opinion caught the eye of Fidel Castro who did not appreciate her contrasting philosophy. Fleeing the scrutiny of Castro she escaped to make her home in Mexico. Yet she was never at peace in her adopted country, although Mexicans embraced her as one of their own. Ceila's family had to remain in Cuba and they were subjected to harsh treatments. Celia was an international star, a true diva who was invited to perform in many countries, including the United States.
Debra Wadlington paints in a style that reflects the realism of the cultures of the American West and Southwest. Debra’s life-long passion resonates throughout her art with every stroke of color, skillfully capturing the indelible spirit of the land, the people, and traditions.
Native to New Mexico, where she attended school and began her career in art, Debra’s academic achievements include degrees in Bachelor of Science in Art, Bachelor of Art in Secondary Education Certification, and a Masters in Elementary Education. She has taught at various grade levels in primary and secondary schools, in addition to college as an adjunct Professor of Art. Debra resides in Texas, where she continues to paint her passion.