'Desnuda y Flores (Nude and flowers) after Diego Rivera', which is taking shape on my studio wall, pays homage to my time spent in Mexico on residency in August 2014. It is also my homage to Frida Kahlo, who I see in the nude of Diego's painting "Desnudos con Alcatreces"/ Nude with Calla Lilies, which he painted in 1944 during a break from his major mural commissions. One of a series of 'cornucopia' works for my next solo exhibition with Gould Galleries in 2015, it includes the spectacular Tehuantapec embroidered flowers I purchased in Mexico. I was not able to travel to the Tehuantapec Isthmus in the State of Oaxaca, but I was able to purchase some of their unique embroidery from an Artisan Gallery, Del Corazon de la Tierra, in Guadalajara. I also commissioned several silk flowers (including the Bird of Paradise buds on her left shoulder) from Lopita's Hand Embroidery in Ajijic. The nude is constructed from antique lace doilies which I purchased at a flea market in New York City and I've given her a 'tattoo', of an exquisite cross-stitched rose, found in a consignment store in Boston. The contrast between the delicate translucent lace and the strong vibrant colours of the Mexican embroidery adds to the work's beauty I feel. Photos: Diego Rivera's painting, my reinterpretation, in progress and the final work photographed by Gavin Hansford.