Throughout the month of February, the Pharr Memorial Library is displaying multiple pieces of art from local artists.
The paintings that are on display at the Pharr Memorial Library were created by local artists. Daniel Rodriguez, Juan Flores, and Roel Flores. Flores painted the majority of them. Roel wasn’t always painter.
He first started off as a musician at a very young age.
“The first time I accompanied an accordion was September of 1955. We were picking up cotton in West Texas. We meet these guys from Laredo and we started practicing with them.” Said Flores.
Roel says he started working in the fields at a young age because he dropped out of school due to the discrimination he experienced from his teachers. As the years went by, Roel went on to work for different gas companies. It wasn’t until 1995 that he started painting.
“I was so stressed out with work, and one of my daughters was going to throw away some paints that belonged to her husband. She said, dad, I’m going to throw these paints away. You need to do something to see if it helps. Maybe you should start painting. I bought me a pack of brushes and started painting with those.”
Since he started painting, Roel has gone through a few difficult situations that have made him reflect on everything he’s experienced in his life, which has inspired him to create stunning paintings.
“I’ve had six heart attacks. The first one and the third one, the heart specialist told me I wasn’t going to get up again.”
When asked what message he hopes to give children and adults with his paintings, Flores said, “I try to encourage the children not to quit. To educate themselves as much as they can and be proud of who they are and where they come from. It’s one of my goals.”
Flores will make an appearance at the Pharr Memorial Library on February 16th for a meet and greet reception with art enthusiasts.