I'm not exactly sure when and where I was when I first discovered Garcia's work, but I can remember the feeling I felt. Like someone had reached deep down into my subconscious and dragged out everything that I loved and feared, everything that moved me, and then captured all of those feelings in paint. It was intense, slightly disturbing and ultimately thrilling. I felt like I had been in love with Garcia's artwork forever.
And while I neither read nor write fantasy, I definitely feel that Garcia's work has had an influence on my writing. Her work is dark, brutal and yet whimsical. She explores the depths of what people want, what people need and what is ugly about humanity. But there are also so many beautiful messages of hope. She's not afraid to cross lines and blend conflicting ideas for the sake of the image and for the feeling she wants to convey. I would like to believe that in a way, I do the same with words.
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