k.d. sebastian

Reading at Best Price Books and Coffee

Monte at Best Price Books and Coffee

Reading at Best Price Books and Coffee
sebastian 2006


Woman with Black Iron Patina and Cross

Woman with Black Iron Patina and Cross
sebastian 2003


Jemez Springs Adobe Church

Jemez Springs, New Mexico
sebastian 2009


Chimayo Chapel

Chimayo Chapel
Chimayo, New Mexico
sebastian 2009


Saint George on a Horse Shrine

Cross of the DaySt. George on a Horse
Sanctuario, Chimayo, New Mexico
sebastian 2005


Chimayo Holy Chile

Cross of the DayOur Lady of Holy Chiles
sebastian 2003


San Raphael on Wood with Scrabble Tiles and Bottlecaps

Cross of the Day

San Raphael on Wood with Scrabble Tiles and Bottlecaps

San Raphael on Wood with Scrabble Tiles and Bottlecaps
Chimayo, New Mexico
sebastian 2007


Nambe Church Cross

Cross of the Day

Nambe, New Mexico
Karen Rivera 2008


Buddha’s Cross

Cross of the Day

Buddha’s Cross
Recycled Tinwork
Karen Rivera

I’ve found that I incorporate crosses into my work, no matter what the medium or the message.


Carlos Sena’s Carved Cross

Carlos Sena’s Carved Cross
Our Lady of Sorrows Cemetary
Bernalillo, New Mexico
kd sebastian 2010

This unusual obelisk style grave stone is beautifully carved by hand from rock brought down from Dixon, New Mexico. Lilies, matching flaming hearts and stylized swirls give a European feel to this stone. Truly the work of a craftsman, it stood out as one of the few stones not vandalized or tagged with gang signed graffiti.


Small Easter Wall Church at Sanctuario

Small Easter Wall Church at Sanctuario
Chimayo, New Mexico
kd sebastian 2007


Andreita Avila’s Cross

Andreita Avila’s Cross
Our Lady of Sorrows Cemetery
Bernalillo, New Mexico
kd sebastian 21010

There’s something so touching about handmade grave markers. Many of the cemeteries in New Mexico have suffered from vandalism and neglect. Families die out, move away or simply abandon the traditional New Mexican ways.

My favorite crosses are what I call the “hard times” crosses: handmade from whatever durable materials could be afforded. Rebar, cement, wood, rocks–everything is fair game and free. Oddly enough, the poorer the community, the better kept the graveyards are.

Andreita Avila’s Cross is on the left side of Our Lady of Sorrows Graveyard in Bernalillo, New Mexico. It’s proximity to the Placitas off-ramp has made it a vandal’s dream so it was heart-warming to find this small pocket size memorial exactly where it was placed  years ago.


Sanctuario ~~ A Traditional View

Sanctuario ~~ A Traditional View
Chimayo, New Mexico
kd sebastian 2007


Sanctuario Gate

Sanctuario Gate
Chimayo, New Mexico
kd sebastian 2007


Chimayo Easter Cross with Pink Lilies

Chimayo Easter Cross with Lilies
Chimayo, New Mexico
kd sebastian 2007


Carlos Medina’s Doors

Carlos Medina’s Doors
Chimayo, New Mexico
sebastian 2005


Izzie’s Easter Cross

Izzie’s Easter Cross
Bernalillo, New Mexico
sebastian 2010


Cornelio’s Cross

Cornelio’s Cross
Northern New Mexico
sebastian 2010


Kateri Tekakwitha, St. Francis Cathedral

Kateri Tekakwitha
Santa Fe, St. Francis Cathedral
sebastian 2010


Dinner for Two

Dinner for Two
acrylic on fir
sebastian 2005

The crosses in the painting on the wall keep the afterlife ever present no matter how festive the dinner.


Rebar Cross

Rebar Cross
Bernalillo, New Mexico
sebastian 2010

All across New Mexico, small town cemetaries are filled with handmade shrines and gravestones. This simple welded cross sits at the top of an unmarked grave tucked into the corner of the Our Lady of Sorrows graveyard in Old Bernalillo.


Pressed Tinwork Cross

Pressed Tinwork Mexican Cross
Bernalillo, New Mexico
sebastian 2010


Small Church at Sanctuario, Chimayo, New Mexico

Small Church at Sanctuario, Chimayo, New Mexico
sebastian 2003


Church at Sanctuario, Chimayo, New Mexico

Cross of the DayChurch at Sanctuario, Chimayo, New Mexico
sebastian 2003