Houdini is one in a series of Jasmine Tritten’s evocative paintings of llamas, inspired by a visit to Bolivia in 1999 and by owning llamas herself. A native of Denmark, she studied art informally throughout her teenage years, turning to animal portraits after moving to the artist community of Carmel, California, in the 1960s. She graduated from the Famous Artists’ School in Westport, Connecticut, in 1970, earned an interior design degree from Monterey Peninsula College in 1992, and a B.A. in studio art from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, in 1997. During her years in Virginia, she exhibited at The Artists Gallery co-op, where she had a solo exhibit in 2000 of oil paintings from Bolivia, where her son served in the Peace Corps. She lives in Corrales with her husband and four cats, and shows at the artists’ cooperative Galeria de Corrales.