I have never met Mercedes Morgan but I really hope to one day. She first got in contact with me through my work with the London Lucumi Choir and we have communicated every since. I really admire her artwork and she was the artist for our first album:
“Un Solo Palo Available from CD baby! ( A Single tree does not a forest make, Igi Kan, Ko Si igbo)
Here is a little bit more about her.
Mercedes Morgana Reyes was born in 1974 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the granddaughter of Mercedes Cordova (Ala Ofun). She was born into the religion, and as a child learned about the Orishas, the tradition of making Elekes including the colors and attributes of each Orisha. She studied Art History at the University of Notre Dame. Furthermore she studied Gemology at the Gemological Institute of America. Combining all this knowledge she has been able to find a way of creating unique pieces of art; creating from the spiritual not the visual. Currently she is the Iya L Aje of the Egbe Aje Iyami bringing for the first time the Gelede Womens Society to America.
For more information on Mercedes work you can join her artist page Witchcraft. Her knowledge of Gemstones and their properties is extensive and she makes things to order so get in touch!