A too-short history of 32-year-old artist Laura Salazar: she was born in Houston to Mexican immigrant parents. Her dad was a troubled Vietnam vet whose abusive behavior grew increasingly terrifying.

“You know those headlines: ‘Vet Kills Family, Self?’” Laura says. “I knew that was going to be us.”

Instead, she, her mom, and her younger brother and sister fled to San Antonio. Teenage Laura would often take a bus at night to the Medical Center to collect dead roses from the gift-shop garbage. She’d graft these, in case the root stock had survived. “Maybe two out of 20 would bud,” she laughs, “but, hey, it was creating life out of nothing!”

Laura dropped out of high school, but eventually finished college and now teaches art to children at the Southwest School of Art & Craft. Her 8-year-old daughter with fellow artist Jacinto Guevara, Joaquina Murrieta, is named after the “Mexican Robin Hood” upon whom Zorro is based.

Two weeks ago, Laura, Jacinto, and Joaquina attended an Obama fundraising event at artist Cruz Ortiz’s house. They painted Laura’s 2000 Nissan Sentra, which Laura now calls the “Obamarama.” Reaction has been varied; that’s life. Laura regrets nothing. See pics on Curblog, at



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