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I took an early morning bus to San Elizario, a small Hispanic community on the border 35 miles south of El Paso. With a prepared canvas, paints, water, food, and a portable easel, I selected a scene for the day and painted the canvas. This was the church on the square built in the late 1800's for the Catholic soldiers protecting the border. It was traditional, constructed of adobe with thick walls and high ceilings.