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.
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.
Memorial pieces are bittersweet for me because obviously, a loved one is gone, but in painting it I also have the pleasure of keeping that person in my heart and thoughts while trying to capture their spirit. My cousin was sweet and brought so much joy to her friends and family. She suffered through many physical issues during her short life and but I know she is out there in the universe smiling and happy. I painted this for her mother because no one suffer’s loss more than a parent losing a child. I have been working with iridescent paints, and the effect is muted in the scan, but hopefully captures her joyful spirit.
This small votive painting started out as a commission for someone, but I liked the image and it evolved into a little distraction for me.
As part of my exercise in putting goodness out into the universe to balance all the hate, I’ve been playing around with the idea of re-envisioning WWII anti-Nazi posters. Unfortunately they don’t need too much editing to apply today, but it has been an interesting exercise and fun to try to recreate the not-always-symmetrical perspective on the typography that was created before computers. They didn’t turn out as good as I wanted, but it may become a project that I take on long term as there are a lot of great posters to work with.