Queen of May

watercolor, 22 by 30 inches

Ana Teresa was eight years old in Ponce, Puerto Rico, when she was chosen to be on a court honoring the Mother of God for the May celebration. Her mother, Margarita, travelled to San Juan, on the far side of the island, to find the latest designs for her daughter's gown. Ana was dressed to look like a miniature woman, a custom which continued to be practiced in Panama when the artist was there during her childhood.