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Monday, December 10, 2012

Painting in Costa Rica

"Simbolico de Atenas"
 2012 Diana Miskell 
Atenas, Costa Rica, is the perfect place for me to be because I paint and specialize in portraits of horses and cattle. Atenas is surrounded by fields of cattle and horses and, what with all the topes (horse parades) and oxcart parades, I have no end of images to capture.

Camara de Turismo y Comercio de Atenas (Chamber of Tourism & Commerce in Atenas), Marietta Arce, publisher of  "Atenas Today", and Parrot Eyes Maps Costa Rica are producing a new 2012 map of Atenas.

An image for the front cover of the map was required and local artists were asked to submit an image that was emblematic of Atenas. These images were voted on and the image with the most votes was the one that would be used on the front of the new map.

I submitted my painting, "Simbolico de Atenas", because to me the oxen, oxcarts and their boyeros symbolize Atenas more than anything else. The old oxcart trail (camino del carretas) ran through Atenas and trains of oxcarts carrying coffee beans travelled down highway 3 to Puntarenas on the Pacific Coast.

I am pleased to say my painting was chosen for the cover of the new 2012 Atenas map. It is acrylic on canvas board, 18x24 inches. Other horse and cattle art that I have created can be seen on my art website at


Arlyn Cedeno Vindas said...

Outstanding painting! Congratulations!

Lizz said...

Atta girl

Diana said...

Thank you so much, Arlyn - your comment means a lot.

Diana said...

Thank you, Lizz! I always value your support.

Photolera Claudinha said...

SUPER, Diana!!! I had missed your report before, CONGRATULATIONS! I'm proud to know you.

Diana said...

Thank you, Claudia!

Jamie said...

Congratulations, Diana! How awesome to have your painting selected ... Happy Holidays!