I love Dia de los Muertos: the concept, the art, the rituals, the flavors and the fervor.
Artist Thaneeya McArdle
As an artist, I find the imagery of Dia de los Muertos compelling and (perhaps ironically) full of life. But to state that Day of the Dead imagery is full of life is to tap into the very purpose of Dia de los Muertos itself:
I created this Day of the Dead site to humbly serve as an educational resource for people to learn about this special holiday and understand its meaning.
One of my sugar skull drawings
I don't claim to be an expert on Dia de los Muertos, by any means. I'm just an artist who likes Day of the Dead! As such, this site does not seek to be an exhaustive academic or anthropological study of the Dia de los Muertos holiday and ensuing cultural phenomenon – it is merely a fun and helpful guide that aims to provide insight on this famous holiday that is being embraced around the world by people of all cultures and beliefs.
My sources for this site include: my own personal experiences, the experiences and stories shared with me by friends, and books like Skulls to the Living, Bread to the Dead: The Day of the Dead in Mexico and Beyond by Stanley Brandes and The Skeleton at the Feast: The Day of the Dead in Mexico by Elizabeth Carmichael and Chloe Sayer.
Explore this site to discover how Dia de los Muertos is celebrated in Mexico, as well as how many others from around the world have adopted and adapted this special holiday, personalizing the celebration with their own beliefs, rituals and styles. For detailed info pertaining specifically to the Mexican Day of the Dead, I suggest checking out the aforementioned books.
Thank you for visiting, and have fun looking around!
If you want to know more about me, please visit my art website: www.thaneeya.com.
If you'd like to license my art you can contact my agents at Infinity Licensing.