“The islands bleed through into my work,” says painter Jaime Hernandez, who is this year’s featured artist for LeMoyne Arts’ Art & Soul Online Auction and Celebration.

Her piece, “Our Common Thread” depicts a woman divided in half, masked and unmasked, as fiery magenta, icy cobalt and tropical green drips of color cascade around her.  

“If I can’t use a hot color in a piece, I can’t do it,” adds Hernandez. “It’s always there.” 

This year’s Art & Soul Celebration will look different than in years past, culminating in an online auction on Oct. 15. Their “LeMasque!” theme is encapsulated in Hernandez’s work.

For Hernandez, the polarizing summer of heated politics, a worldwide pandemic and protests against