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An Artist in the Making

By Jim Heinrich

Once upon a time in the last century, Dulce Heinrich received a surprise birthday box from her son Peter and daughter-in-law Angie. When she opened it, her jaw dropped to the floor because inside she discovered some unknown tools whose names she was to learn later: chipper nipper, wheeled nipper, glass cutter; as well as some broken glass and tiles and a sack of grout. With a wide-eyed and innocent smile, she managed to stutter “Uhh… thank you, I guess.” Little did she realize at that moment that she was about to embark upon a mid-life adventure within the world of art.

Peter and Angie, who had only recently begun creating mosaics, taught Dulce the basics, and a few months later, the three were studying the intricacies of recreating Byzantine works together at the Mosaic Art School in Ravenna, Italy, one of the best-known in the world. While in Europe, Dulce also had the opportunity to study original, historic mosaics in Italy, France, Portugal, and Spain.

As Angie had warned her, making mosaics can be addictive, and Dulce quickly became hooked, especially when she discovered she could make money as well as develop her artistic passion. When she offered to help a friend who was planning an exhibition of traditional Mexican jewelry in Eureka, California,  Dulce made several mosaics to provide color and background to the blank walls of the site.

That was some 15 years ago. Since then, Dulce’s mosaics have been shown and sold in Oregon and northern California, as well as in Mexico. The Municipal Government of Nayarit commissioned her to make a replica mosaic of the State seal, which was presented to their sister city in Illinois. Working with children at La Casa de los Niños, a non-profit organization she co-founded in Lo de Marcos, Nayarit, Dulce created a wall mosaic for the local elementary school. In addition, the proceeds from many of her mosaic sales went to help support this organization for several years.

Now living in San Miguel de Allende, Dulce thinks she has found the perfect place in which to expand and share her artistic knowledge through workshops and shows, as well as displays of her work in local establishments. Right now, for instance, you will find examples of her mosaics on display at Restaurante Lolita and at Café Arte Muro. Contact Dulce at


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