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!

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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).

Yamaya

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. 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!

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.

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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.

Dreams from the Tardis : The Novice.

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Acrylic on canvas.   22″ x 30″.

This piece is #2 in the series. I chose Novice Hame because she’s a really controversial figure in the show. On the one hand she and her peers in the senate do everything they can to protect the people of their world, but to the point of tyranny. On the other hand, she is the guardian of the race, trying to ensure that the species is safe guarded from death and disease. She began with the purest of intentions. But her dream was flawed. A fact she was oblivious to until the Dr. pointed it out.

Dreams from the Tardis : 14.

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Acrylic  on canvas.   22″ x 30″.

This piece is part of a Dr. Who series I’m working on. The show is amazing on so many levels! The themes are universal and there is something really beautiful about time traveling through the universe in something so ordinary as a police box. The Dr. himself has taken on many incarnations since the series began back in 1963. But this series is centered on my favorite incarnation, the 10th Dr., David Tennant. He is both timeless and timely all at once. He brings an element of fun to the dangers that plague our planet. He has a rebelious energy about him that I think serves the Dr. very well. The show is inspired so I think this is a great way to start the new year. Happy 2013 all!!

An Invitation

The Invitation

Collage. Construction paper,paint pen, ink.         12″ x 18″.

Sometimes I feel like I just HAVE to make art, just to know I’m alive. This was one of those days. We were back @ UM in that magical place where we churn out all this incredibly powerful work! There was no question of what we were going to do. It was all about pop art, and mythological icons. It was the best crop of ideas yet! It made me feel absolutely ecstatic, enchanted, and electric!!

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Bosh in Venice.

Bosh in Venice

Thanks to the big hearts of Adrienne and Chris Bosh, we had a fabulous time tonight entertaining local kids with Team Tomorrow at the Chris Bosh Christmas party. I painted this portrait of the beautiful couple in Venice with their bouncing baby boy Jackson, and I feel honored to have been able to give it to them in person.

Happy Holidays, to one and all.

Bosh Christmas Party

Bosh Christmas Party Painting

Chris Bosh Christmas Party

Bosh Painting

The Pond.

Acrylic on watercolor paper.       11″ x 17″.

This piece was an exercise in impressionism. Its a tribute of sorts to the  artists of the past who continue to influence and inspire my work in that rebelious spirit that made them great. Monet, Van Gogh, Manet, and Renoir all had an idealist aura about their techniques that really resonate with me because they not only painted the world as it was, but also as it should be.

Tree of Life.

Gold, silver, and white paint pen on paper.  12″ x 18″.

This was a minimal reference, free-hand exercise in drawing for me. To draw a line on the page without having to think about whether it is straight enough, curved enough, or where it was in space was a little odd at first. As it turned out, the more lines I drew on the page, the more giddy I felt. Like a child at play.

Garden Grove.

Charcoal and chalk on paper. 18″ x 24″.

This piece was done at Vizcaya in the garden groves. The villa is a constant source of inspiration. It always feels like time doesn’t really exist there.

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The Dolphin.

Charcoal and guache on paper. 18″x 24″.

What a difference a place makes! We always spend time drawing when we visit The Swan and Dolphin. The world just oozes wonders.

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The Groove.

Chalk on paper. 4′ x 9′.

This banner was commissioned by a person planning to celebrate their birthday and Halloween all in one bash.  And of course the best component of any party is the dance!

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Not!

Here is one of the cards I created for our new game. Ocho the game is super fun and uber competitive! I’m really excited about the possibility of a print run!

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