Oscar L. Hernandez paints in the studio he briefly rented in Roswell. (Courtesy Photo)
Oscar L. Hernandez, 31, said that three years ago, when he decided to live entirely off his art, people laughed in his face.
They said that without artistic training or connections, a career in art wasn’t feasible.
“I had a lot of people say you’re not gonna make it,” the Roswell resident said. “I wanted to try it. I had to try it or I’ll never know.”
What started as an experiment has bloomed into a successful career as a painter. Work by Hernandez will be displayed at the State Land Office Commissioner’s Gallery in Santa Fe for the month of November.
Learning his work would be displayed was “almost like a light at the end of the tunnel,” he said.
Before he began supporting himself entirely by painting on canvas, Hernandez transported equipment for oil rigs. He also worked at a medical clinic for a time. He would paint house interiors for Login to read more