An artist known for his portraits of farm workers will give a talk Oct. 15 to educators and students as part the WSU Tri-Cities Early Outreach programs.
Simón Silva has conducted lectures to all ages nationwide, focusing on the importance of self-expression and developing personal creativity.
His talks include anecdotes from his childhood and his own journey toward a successful career as an artist.
Silva's paintings depict stylized portraits of farm workers bending to harvest crops, suns radiating heat and picturesque fields and valleys.
"My images are simplistic, powerful, beautiful and about the Chicano culture," Silva said in a news release. "I have used these images -- scenes I used to be ashamed of -- to empower myself and other Chicanos."
The free event starts at 8 a.m. in the West Building Atrium at WSU Tri-Cities, 2710 University Drive, Richland. Doors open at 7:30 a.m.