Community Spotlight- “Journey of the Spirit Man” with George Mendoza

Lyndsey Kalson is best known as the host of “Real Country Afternoons” on KXPZ, she’s also  Operations Manager of Bravo Mic Communications and Web administrator for LasCrucesToday.combut most importantly, she is a bookworm. When she found a fantasy novel that begins with a hike in our legendary Organ Mountains and takes you through several words before bringing you back to your trail in Southern NM, she knew this was our next Las Cruces Today Community Spotlight. Meet George Mendoza who has a crazy-ride of a life story which he’s turned into a crazy-ride of a fantasy series that begins with “Journey of the Spirit Man.”

“Journey of the Spirit Man” ( On Sale: May 2021)

“When his best friend dies, Mendoza finds purpose in painting (with brushes or fingers) his kaleidoscopic perception; these paintings appear throughout the book. His heavy, bold streaks and swirls of color depict key events, focusing his story in ways the short sentences supplemented by Morgan-Sanders’ minimalist line drawings cannot; it’s hard to look away from a swarm of blurry butterflies or a basketball hoop painted like a blazing eye.”-Kirkus Reviews

Frind more about George Mendoza and his work at

https://www.georgemendoza.com/

And you can find him on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/georgemendoza1955/

Based in Las Cruces, NM, George Mendoza is a world-renowned artist and writer and the CEO and President of the Wise Tree Foundation, Inc., which was established in 2013 to promote the arts for the disabled.

Mendoza went blind when he was 15 and broke the world record for blind athletes running the mile in 4 minutes and 28 seconds in 1980. He attended the New Mexico School for the Blind in Alamogordo at an early age.

His art exhibit Colors of the Wind is on view with the National Smithsonian and he has also written a children’s book based on the exhibit. He was the producer for two nationally televised PBS documentaries based on his life story and has won many awards in the arts.

“Journey of the Spirit Man” ( On Sale: May 2021)

“When his best friend dies, Mendoza finds purpose in painting (with brushes or fingers) his kaleidoscopic perception; these paintings appear throughout the book. His heavy, bold streaks and swirls of color depict key events, focusing his story in ways the short sentences supplemented by Morgan-Sanders’ minimalist line drawings cannot; it’s hard to look away from a swarm of blurry butterflies or a basketball hoop painted like a blazing eye.”-Kirkus Reviews

Mendoza dedicates his time to the Wise Tree Foundation (a non-profit founded by Mendoza) and writing and publishing through his company, Wise Tree Press. George has been the subject of two biographies, written children’s books, and is the author of a novel, “Journey of the Spirit Man”.

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