Barceloneta Bunnies, acrylic on canvas, 72” x 72”,  2006.

This series of paintings re-interprets produce-crate labels published in Louisiana during the 1930’s and 40's. The original labels advertised different brands of "Porto Rican Yams and Sweet Potatoes" and formed some of the earliest representations of Puerto Ricans in the United States.

Louisiana was the first U.S. port of entry for Puerto Ricans recruited to work in Hawaii's sugar and pineapple plantations in the early 1900's. Many of the original labels have been reprinted as postcards and are marketed as "Southern memorablilia" in tourist shops throughout New Orleans.