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ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/FOX 24) – Meet a local woman who’s been a professional artist for 15 years. Her artwork seems to connect with many in our community.  It could be because of two of her themes.

The Hispanic culture and the oil industry can be seen in the work of Liliana Marquez.  “It’s part of our culture; it’s part of our life,” said Marquez. There’s no doubt both are a big part of the Basin.  “Art will connect you; art will bring you together,” said Marquez.

“She represents the Hispanic community well with her art.   As a Hispanic owner, we find that important,” said Luis Robles, Frenchy’s Tacos and Pasta owner.

Robles let the artist showcase her work at his Odessa restaurant.  “First all, I’m a big fan of Frida Kahlo.  Just her approach to it, it’s really cool, modern, colorful and yet tasteful and classic,” said Robles.

“Frida Kahlo is a Mexican artist.  Every time I paint Frida, that’s my passion. It’s coming out through her,” said Marquez.  “She signifies women in power because she went through a lot.  But she was so strong.  She was in pain while she was painting, yet she created such beautiful, passionate art.”

The Odessa resident and artist also talked about being a representative of the Hispanic community.  She said, “It means a lot to me because it is my culture; it’s where I come from.”  Her artwork has been featured all around our area, including at Odessa City Hall, Music City Mall, and at the Odessa Greater Chamber.

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