My illustration work reflects two of my greatest passions: music and animals. I love seeing bands live and going to shows. Usually I will sketch at shows, or I will take photos with my phone. Sometimes I like to clean up the sketches into polished illustrations. Other times I like to show how sketchy the source ma… Read More
My illustration work reflects two of my greatest passions: music and animals. I love seeing bands live and going to shows. Usually I will sketch at shows, or I will take photos with my phone. Sometimes I like to clean up the sketches into polished illustrations. Other times I like to show how sketchy the source material is and make the artwork abstract and gritty. I love animals, and I like to be active in animal rights. I like to create works that are playful and child friendly, but also create a statement for animals that are endangered. For all of my illustrative work, I make final illustrations from my sources with different mediums such as ink, watercolor, gouache, woodcut, etching and digital. This is to ensure to become more skilled with various materials, and also to expand on artistic horizons. I love applying graphic design techniques to my illustrations because graphic impact for artwork leaves a lasting impact.
I also create healing paintings on the side. This body of work all started with the accordion book I made for a Nonviolence course at MICA in April 2014 entitled 8 Steps To Become Peaceful. The process of that project changed my whole way of life because I was looking to create a body of work that is uplifting in both spiritual and aesthetical approaches. The book influenced me to create Zen Art, which is artwork made in either a meditative state or creating artwork that focuses on the rhythm of breathing in and out.
After I began exploring Zen Art, I became a Kundalini and Usui Reiki Master, which began the infusion of Reiki-healing energy within the paintings.
The materials are cleansed and purified prior to the creation of each painting. As if I am giving Reiki to an individual person, I give Reiki to the painting, while I am painting and when it is finished. I used limited palettes in order to keep the colors simple, but also to promote a soothing and positive energy. I only use watercolor for the paintings because the water element is important. Water symbolizes cleansing, and water is known to be very healing. I allow the painting to sit for 24 hours at the most before adding another coat of watercolor (if it is necessary).
The paintings are usually created for a specific client that may be going through physical, emotional, or mental distress, but the body of work I created for my portfolio are intended for anyone. The paintings are intended to help people in the greatest way possible.