Maria Pureza Escaño's "Ode to the Father" Traveling Art Exposition

Puchette Escano: Learning, Loving and Living Art

"The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection."
Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni

“I believe that when God created each one of us, he put the seed of creativity in our souls. so everyone is an artist and everything that we create is a masterpiece because we all share in God's, the Master Artist's, creativity.”

Maria Pureza Escano is a self-taught artist. She started painting at the age of nine after seeing a coffeetable book on the French Impressionists.

She sources her inspiration from having grown up in Sariaya, with its landscapes both colorful and dreamy and its culture rich and vibrant with its  Fil-Hispanic-American infusions. 

“When people ask me how I learned to paint, I couldn’t give them an exact answer.
I’m not so sure, myself. I did not take any art lessons.

All I know is why I learned to paint. As a child, I felt this powerful attraction to beauty… a flower in a field, rain puddles on the street, cloud formations, the lone fire tree in the meadow where we played, the sweetness and helplessness of a newborn puppy, Audrey Hepburn ( I used to watch old movies a lot!),  beautiful patterns on a dress, sunbeams through the cracks of an old window, and yes, the arresting view of Mount Banahaw. I guess it helped that I spent my growing-up years in Sariaya where every morning, I woke up to the sight of our mystic mountain.

We lived at the end of the street. Beyond that are acres and acres of meadows where, we, neighborhood kids spend our summers catching dragonflies, flying kites and picking seeds from wild plants. Near the ridge that leads to the river there was this lone fire tree  and I would sneak out during naptimes to play under its shade or just to lie down daydreaming under its orange and yellow foliage. It became
firetree and I was heartbroken when they started building a housing project there.”

And then
one summer day when I was nine I met the Impressionists in a coffee table book and I was smitten. It was almost like a religious experience. I got my watercolor set and made my first attempt in painting. It was bad. A friend of mine, eight at that time, in his philosophical way said "Just keep at it. Painting is like roller-skating." And he was right. I did not lose heart. I told myself that I will get better at it. And yes, I also told myself that I am going to be a painter, an Impressionist like that guy Monet.And so I painted. I saw myself as one of those French artists and began romanticizing my pursuit. Every time I would paint I would wear this cap and this over-sized shirt (a discard from my Dad), get this easel I made from a double deck ladder, and proceed to the fire tree. I would prop the easel against its trunk. But before painting, I would smear paint all over my shirt first. Just so that I will look like a real artist."

While in college studying English Literature, she wrote poetry and short stories which were published in the country's leading magazines and journals.  Her love of poetry is mirrored in her paintings as she would accompany each with verses she has written. 

After college she worked as creative consultant and director for various companies and organizations. 

Now a wife, a mother of two and a full-time painter, Maria Pureza does not see herself as a professional in any of her pursuits in art and writing. 

“(Making) Art is my answer to that need inside my soul to reproduce how I see things with my heart's eye, the need to hold something raw and use it to express how the wonderful things in God's good earth move me.

I hope that people will find joy and inspiration in my works and in my story to follow their own creative yearnings.Life is beautiful. And we are all gifted in unique ways to share in the wonder of God's creation. Let us be co-creators of His love, light, joy and beauty."