When asked how she makes character selections, Sombrero said, “I just look at the wall and let it decide what will go there. Size and space are also factors.”
“When I first started planning the front doors of the library, I knew I wanted the characters to be life-size to bring them to life for the students,” she said.
“I also like to make the other mural areas, at kids’ eye level so that they can be looked at closely and even touched.”
Sombrero said that she has used her art to assist her throughout her earlier career when she was young and her family was going through hard times.
“I would put my boys to bed early, then paint until late so I could sell my paintings or drawings the next day to buy diapers or food,” she said. “ My art gifts that God has provided me has helped me take care of my family and I am so grateful for that.”
Sombrero has never been in any formal art shows, but she says that is something she would eventually like to do. For now, her work as a para-professional at Tuba City Unified School District Special Education Department leaves her little time to do this during the school year.
When asked what advice she would give budding artists, Sombrero said, “If you have the talents, use it. It will enrich someone else’s life as well as your own.”
Sombrero is currently working on her summer contract to finalize another hallway in the primary school and hopes to eventually fill all the hallways with inspirational characters.