Party in the Tropics.

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Acrylic on canvas, 5′ x 13′.
This piece was done as a backdrop for photo shoots. It was originally designed for sitting shots, but we used it for a photo booth session for this reception. The beautiful bride and the groom were really happy with it. Most of the shots were close ups. We had to get a full length shot of her gorgeous gown!

Dorian Otto.

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Acrylic on canvas 22″ x 30″.
The muse is hungry after my long hiatus . It was nice reconnecting with my roots after spending practically all of last year painting huge murals. Not to mention the truly profound experience I had being pregnant almost the entire time. Then giving birth. It sounds cliche, but the whole experience was really moving because I thought it would change me completely, but it hasn’t. I’m still as fearless as I was when I began! What a surprise!!

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Sacred Secret.

Sacred

Pastel on paper, 18″ x 24″.

This is another piece from the Vizcaya series. It’s a rendering of, what we consider to be, the most sacred place in the gardens. The land is heavy with a kind of romantic energy. It gave my husband and I the most remarkable and deep connection either of us had ever felt! We go there to recharge every year.

Marassa Jumeaux.

Marassa

Acrylic latex on primed plaster,  22″ x  24″.

The Marassa mural was done today at the Botanica. The devine twins are the embodiment of the mysterious bonds between heaven and Earth. They also possess both masculinity and femininity respective to each twin. I enjoy the piece’s sense of antiquity. There’s also a bold simplcity that comes out of it as well. The mural concludes a long, complex series of narratives  that I started in January. I’ve learned so much since then and I’m really glad  of the journey. My clients are in awe of how their “expectations were not only met, but surpassed.” And I have surprised myself continually throughout the process. It’s been amazing!

St. Lazarus.

St. Lazarus

Acrylic latex on primed plaster.  6′ x 8′.

The mural of St. Lazarus was finished tonight at the Botanica. The story of Lazarus was quite poignant because it exemplifies Jesus’ power over death. The piece was really fun to paint. I loved the mix of photo tones with fantastic hues! Its very meaty visually. I feel like I could spend all day exploring the scene behind him. My clients really love this mural.

Le Sirene (Yemaya).

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Acrylic latex on primed plaster.   5′ x 9′.

This mural of Le Sirene was finished this evening at Milokan Botanica. Le Sirene is a beautiful mermaid who is said to own all the riches of the seas. She is a tireless queen of the sea with the power to bestow wealth and beauty upon all who serve her. It was a little challenging working on her after working on such realistic iconic paintings. I’m happy with the piece. Its dreamy and whimsical. I enjoy working that way from time to time. My clients were very pleased with the sensuality and vibrance of the piece.

St. George.

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Acrylic latex on primed plaster,  24″ x 36″.

This mural of St. George and the dragon is a very old and popular story. The piece itself was both challenging and satisfying. Its got a lot of movement in it. I learned so much from painting it.

St. Anthony

St. Anthony

Acrylic latex on primed plaster.    24″ x 36″.

This mural of St. Anthony was finished last week. The patron saint of missing persons and lost things was used in a fluid and continuing narrative at the Botanica. I did extensive under painting in this piece. I really wanted to bring out that glowing, radiant quality that usually permeates adoring love.

St. Clare of Assissi.

St. Clare

Acrylic latex on primed plaster,  24″x 36″.

There are some  Native Americans who believe that “the richest man is the man who has nothing.” That’s the essence of St. Clare’s story. She and her sisters lived with no money, no shoes, and ate no meat. They lived in a very poor house, yet they were extremely happy because they felt God’s presence all the time. I find that narrative very refreshing considering the times we live in. All our little conveniences grow exponentially by the hour. We are so spoiled by modern technologies. The thought of choosing to live in poverty in order to obtain that devine connection is as admirable as it is profound.

John the Baptist.

John the Baptist

Acrylic latex,  24″ x 36″.

I just finished this mural of young John the Baptist. I really enjoyed painting the piece. Many subtle layers help to create a radiant glow throughout. He is part of a grand narrative in the current series, but he is also known as the prophet who prepared for Jesus’ coming.

Our Lady of Sorrows.

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Acrylic latex on primed plaster.    3′ x 5′.

Our Lady of Sorrows, a variation of the Virgin Mary, kicked off the new mural set I’ve been commissioned to do. It prompts us to keep our eyes on the prize (true beauty), despite the ugly hardships that life can bring. I feel great about the piece!

Vizcaya is featured in Iron Man 3!

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That is a pastel drawing I created in 2003, from one of our favorite places on Earth.

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It is a sacred center of power and magick, here in the heart of Miami. It is Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, and it is our special place.

And now, thanks to Iron Man 3, the whole world gets to join us…

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Very exciting times.

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Published in: on May 5, 2013 at 4:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Old School Bosh for a New Playoff Season.

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As I drink my moring coffee and get ready to walk the dog down the street to the American Airlines Arena, I am reminded of all the times Chris Bosh entered the playoffs as a Raptor.  Times have changed.  Drastically.

Good luck Chris, bite their heads off.

Raptors forward Bosh reacts after a basket during their NBA basketball game against the Bulls in Toronto

Published in: on April 21, 2013 at 2:47 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Student drawing of the best day ever, with Mrs. Adrienne Bosh.

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A very special Spring Day, thanks to Adrienne Bosh and Team Tomorrow Inc.

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We have been teaching the wonderful Beaux Arts Spring Break Art Camp at the Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami, enjoying the glowing creativity of a nest full of marvelous young artists. Little did we know how much fun this week would really be. Thanks to the amazing kindness and overwhelming generousity of Chris and Adrienne Bosh, their Team Tomorrow Inc. foundation graciously partnered with Divine Delicacies to brighten the Spring season for all of our lucky students. It was a day that we will never forget, complete with green tongues and autographs from the magnificent Adrienne Bosh and the incredible Tamia Styles.

Happy Spring to one and all!

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thank you

Published in: on March 28, 2013 at 2:12 am  Leave a Comment  
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2013 Spring Break Camp at the University of Miami Lowe Art Museum!

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Spring Break is going to be a blast, with 36 young artists at the University of Miami Lowe Art Museum!

Published in: on March 24, 2013 at 8:24 pm  Leave a Comment  

Chris Bosh and his bizarre birthday cake.

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Saturday night in Toronto some old friends surprised our favorite player with a “Chef Bosh” birthday cake one week early. Bizarre and beautiful.

Published in: on March 18, 2013 at 2:24 pm  Leave a Comment  

Good Day!

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Chris and Adrienne Bosh have such a beautiful home, and it is an honor to have my painting displayed inside.  I love you Miami!!!

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Jesus.

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Acrylic latex on primed plaster.  24″ x 36″.

I finished this mural today at Milokan Botanica. It is the smallest in a series of three that I was commissioned to do 10 days ago. The Sacred Heart of Jesus was chosen by the owners as a background presence in the mural. A reminder of the true source of power in their spirituality. Having finally had a chance to step back and take a breath, I feel satisfied with this piece, as well as all the others. The process has left me with a renewed sense of creativity and an eagerness to paint more!!

St. Barbara.

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Acrylic latex on primed plaster.  48″ x 18″.

The St. Barbara mural was done tonight at the Botanica. It was a fairly small space so I was able to finish it pretty quickly. St. Barbara has been known throughout history as the patron saint of military men and engineers who work with explosives because of the old legends that associated her with lightning. She is also a strong figure in modern spiritualism. I loved using complimentary colors as a continuing thread for this entire project. Its been an incredible process!

St. Peter.

St.Peter

Acrylic latex paint on primed plaster.  2′ x 4′.

This mural of St. Peter was completed last night at the Botanica. St. Peter was one of Jesus’ original apostles and the keeper of the keys to the kingdom. I think my patrons chose the top of the doorway for Peter as a metaphore for that. I really love how tactile this piece is! The different textures are the result of different treatments in each area.

Published in: on February 27, 2013 at 12:38 am  Leave a Comment  
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Archangel Michael.

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Acrylic latex, paint on primed surface.  15′ x 10′.

I completed this piece tonight at Milokan Botanica. St. Michael, or the Archangel Michael is a vital part of the patron’s spiritual narrative. In the 4th century he was first seen as a healing angel. Later he became a general, leading God’s armies against the forces of evil. The idea of him also being a protector of youth was what made his image ideal for this space.

The Black Madonna.

 

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Acrylic latex, paint on primed wall.                3′ x 5′.

This mural of the Black Madonna was completed today at Milokan Botanica. The idea of the Black Madonna was first realized as the dark skin of the goddess Isis. Her dark skin (or blackness) was associated with the life-force of all matter. This iconic Earth mother plays an important role in modern spiritualism.

Dreams from the Tardis: Don’t Blink.

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Acrylic and newspaper on canvas.   22″ x 30″.

This piece encroaches on the legendary, “… its bigger on the inside,” principle of the show. The Weeping Angels are there as these ultimate power hungry villains stuck on the outside looking in. Their single greatest ambition is to obtain the box and all the power of time therein. As its own entity, the police box is quite aware of things that are required from it. So I think that the Weeping Angel is a part of its consciousness in terms of the obvious magnetism that exists between them. But the angel is frozen in time without the box.

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