Two of the highlights for me on the Paint Mexico City trip was spending time with Craig Hudson and Carlito Dalceggio. Craig is co-owner of the Red Tree House with his partner Jorge Silva. Carlito is their friend and has painted two walls in the Red Tree House and a beautiful mural that hangs in the stairwell.
Craig is very talented and I love the assemblages that he makes. They are witty, playful and irreverent, have moving parts and are made with a lot of love. Craig used to teach which is obvious when he starts talking about his work which he does with great infectious enthusiasm. He is a set designer having worked in Ashland, OR for many years and still travels every few weeks back there to work not only on sets, but he is also in the throes of designing a restaurant. The man can do anything!
Not only is Craig a fabulous artist, but he and Jorge are great collectors and supporters of local artists and their fabulous B&B is filled with eye candy everywhere you look. Not only is the Red Tree House a beautiful place to stay, but the staff is so wonderful that you will never want to stay anywhere else once you have stayed there. You are truly spoiled by the beautiful accommodations, service, and camaraderie that you share with the other guests. We had a lot of fun explaining why we were at the Red Tree House and other guests were intrigued to hear what we did each day. Here is some of the beautiful artwork that hangs throughout the Red Tree House.
When we met Carlito at the door of the building where he has his art studio, we knew we were in for a treat. His aura is very special and you know that you are in the presence of someone who is a human being filled with compassion, generosity and a unique spirit. He travels often, living where it inspires him before moving on to the next city. Toward the end of our visit he calmly walked over to his desk, grabbed some ink, a brush and some paper and proceeded to sit on the paint-strewn cardboard covered floor and drew a picture for each one of our artists in the space of about 15-20 minutes. Remarkable. To say that we were awed is an understatement.