Sage bush by the creek, oil on canvas, 36in x 48in, part of the Pernament collection of MexicArte Museum, Austin, TX.
Sage bush by the creek, oil on canvas, 36in x 48in, part of the Pernament collection of MexicArte Museum, Austin, TX.

The art I make is an expression of what mother earth has provided. The materials I use creates a visual statement about the world we live in today.

​From land to canvass.  From something organic to something else organic. Since I was a child, we were taught to pick up our trash.  National campaigns helped remind us to “not mess” with the land.  So many years later I wondered, what does she think of how we’ve treated her?  What have we really done to keep the land sacred?  

Toro’s art converts items from our collective carelessness — aluminum cans, restaurant take out containers, old newspapers, plastic cups, plastic grocery bags, and on and on and on — into landscapes of our beloved Texas.

 We are all connected.  Our trash and recyclables are all connected.  Our creeks and rivers connect us.  His art work uses non-native materials found in Texas creeks and rivers.  From a small act of picking up trash has come a new series of artwork for all.