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To Be Human by Noel Palmenez

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Noel Palmenez is an artist / educator / father and husband / carpenter/ and chef, that currently lives in Brownsville Tx. To see him once most would turn and walk away, but many that get to know him call him a gentle giant. He was born in the State of Washington to a family and profession that would mold his life. His mentor Carlos Gomez called him a farm boy. Throughout half of his life he would work in the fields with his family, and would later transform and embrace the life experiences and moral lessons of working the earth to his art. The most common question Palmenez is asked is, "when did you start drawing." He responded, "when you lived and worked on a farm there were little distractions, and if you were a creative person you really had to reach out to materialize your inspirations. There was so much isolation, but at the same time there was so much stimulation from your immediate surroundings. If you were to not consider it a shortcoming one can embrace the richness of nature." When you look at Palmenez's work you can see the inspiration in the minuteness of information and detail; as far as effort and work he says it's a part of his growing up, not to shy away from the obstacle but be patient, be diligent, be inspired, and take pleasure and pride in what you do. When Palmenez finished high school he really did not know what to do. He was literally taken by the hand by a family friend that was a proponent to a higher education, and driven to Brownsville Texas Southmost College. When asked by the counselor what do you want to do, he asked "do you have art," that was all the incentive he needed. With the guidance of the late great master painter Carlos Gomez, Palmenez would continue his schooling and achieve his bachelors and two Masters degrees. Throughout his artistic career he has pursued a variety of genres from fantasy, religion, themes of agriculture and nature, to his current "Machistas y Vanidad." He says art in the beginning was his only reason, but now with a family "it" has to be content to fill the gaps, and when his mind is clear and less distracted it wickedly teases him to cast everything aside and be devoted to "it" again. At the moment Palmenez is content with returning to having regional exhibits, he feels that the over pursuit of exhibiting in larger and more "prestigious" galleries is not always best for the art. He believes the people from the valley are noble and can best connect with his work.