What an honor to be commissioned to work on this anniversary painting of a couple that I love so much. They are truly representative of “Til Death Do Us Part” and I am lucky to be touched by their friendship in my life. The quote on the banner is from a letter Frida Kahlo wrote to Diego Rivera and it translates to “I love you more than my own skin”, which I thought was fitting to this Day of The Dead Calaveras portrait. It was a joy to work on. Wishing you many more happy years together, amigos.
This is a painting I did almost two decades ago (!). I recently came across this quote that I think fits it perfectly:
“We are asleep. Our Life is a dream. But we wake up sometimes, just enough to know that we are dreaming.”
– Ludwig Wittgenstein
Untitled, oil on canvas, 2000
“Love of mine, someday you will die,
But I’ll be close behind and I’ll follow you into the dark,
No blinding light or tunnels to gates of white,
Just our hands clasped so tight, waiting for the hint of a spark…”
– Death Cab For Cutie, I Will Follow You Into The Dark
2018, mixed-media on paper, 11″ x 14″
There’s not really much to say about this piece other than, some days I feel exhausted and beat down by the hate, so I have to remind myself that love is more powerful.
Love Warrior, mixed-media on archival paper, 11″ x 14″
This piece was commissioned as a gift for a new couple and tells their unique story and coming together. I thought I would have a hard time since I don’t know the couple personally, but I really connected with it because stylistically it’s up my alley and I try to infuse all of my paintings with love in some form or another. So, it ended up being a pleasure and an honor to take this one on and the only challenge has been putting the brakes on because I want to continue to add more to it. It has iridescent paint as well as bronze and gold ink, so it’s hard to capture the effect digitally. I’m calling it complete now and hoping I get it in the mail soon before I have a chance to change my mind.
Untitled, mixed-media on archival paper, 22″ x 30″