enduring 13 years of civil war in El Salvador, Doris Palacios
survived a terrorist attack that confronted her with the loss
of her home and any hope for safety in her beloved native country.
Just three days later, she found herself in Toronto, Canada,
facing the challenge of being immersed in a different culture,
while still trying to cope with her memories of that long civil
war; memories filled with images of human suffering.
felt that only by reconciling with her past, could she heal
her dampened spirit. She soon realized that painting was a catalyst
in helping her reach a new road ahead, and so she devoted herself
to the cathartic process of working through her emotions with
paint and canvas. These resulting paintings are the voice of
her search for peace and reconciliation, what she could not
express in words in the stressful context of a new foreign language.
sensitivities as an artist can be read in the detail and techniques
in which she incorporates color and form. A creatively structured
texture applied to the base reinforces the three-dimensional
effect of her brush strokes.
has been commissioned for indoor and outdoor murals throughout
Toronto, and continues to create significant works of art on
canvas. She has also made important contributions to the artistic
community, acting as a former Art Project Coordinator for the
Artistic Youth Project “Self-Discovery Through the Arts”
(granted by the Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Art Council)