50 Days is a challenge for artists to complete 50 coherent works of art in fifty days. I completed this challenge with fifty 4”x4” watercolors of random objects, animals and scenes. The miniature paintings were used as palate cleansers between more complex, emotional paintings on a larger scale.
In the book you see the product of my 50 Day challenge, in the order they were created.
Many original paintings are in private collections, some are still available. All paintings can be viewed in the coffee table book 50 Days. Buy it here.
This is a series of mixed media paintings featuring newspaper headlines, and a figure literally bursting with bad news. I wanted to depict how overwhelming it feels to hear about and experience the barrage of bad and dramatic news. It seems like every week we are out on the streets protesting a new human rights violation. Every day we see a new headline about something ridiculous and inappropriate form the current administration.
When thinking about the color of light, my mind was drawn to thoughts of warmth, and fire. I chose to represent fire and it’s effects on human skin tone. Not only did I attempt to capture the colors of fire in its different stages, I sought to show its personality. The erratic brushstrokes reflect the way fire moves—bursts of light, color, and confident shadows, warm glows. It was important to me to include the human element of the wonder of fire. People have a complex and important relationship with fire, the wonder I feel about it is one shared by many. Being hypnotized by jumping flames is a very enigmatic but human experience. The light from fire has always mystified me. In these paintings I hope to express that fascination and recreate the jumping, quick, and bold colors of light.
Inspired is a series of round vases with a sgraffito design imitated famous works of art. Inspiring artists include Hokusai, Haring and Van Gogh.
These bottles are meant to mimic natural forms such as those of fish of bulbs, something very centered. On the bottles are depictions of things that live in groups, a hive of bees, school of fish and forests.
The Gzhel Octopus is built with stoneware and painted with white slip and cobalt. It's a humorous juxtaposition of a crude form with elegant, precise painted elements. The Octopus is just over 12" long.
"Learn to say 'no' without explaining yourself." I tend to be a people pleaser, this has resulted in a lot of positive things happening in my life. It has also resulted in negative interactions and people who are willing to take advantage of others. Learning to say "No" when needed was one of the most important things in my life, it can be a beautiful and powerful word.
This artist's collaboration involved myself and eight other artists. I invited people who typically worked in two dimensional mediums to paint vessels I had thrown in their artistic style. The result was matching vessels, one kept by the artist and the other by me. The resulting artworks in order are, Freedom and Prison by Mic Muhlbauer, Our Lady with a landscape by Sean Blossom, Purple to Red by Danara Dockal, I Want To Believe by Ani Lutnesky, Experimental De Stijl by Dustin Brady, Angy and the Bee by Angy Sanchez, Catscape by Jessie Dodington, Patterns by Sandra Hidalgo.
The Natural World is a series of watercolor illustrations depicting the scenes and creatures found in wooded areas. Inspired by my time in the Sacramento Mountains, these illustrations emphasize the fairy-tale ambiance found in the forest.
Art That Speaks is a series of portraits of artists who have stood for a just cause through their work. The Artist is portrayed in a cubist style, inspired by Picasso's Guernica. Picasso was the first artist portrayed in the series. Each portrait is 16" x 20" on upholstered panel. The series is tied together with its strict consistency. Each portrait is abstracted, incorporates the depicted artist's palette and is painted in oil. On the canvas, is newspaper clippings depicting contemporary issues that are similar to the injustices faced by the artist depicted in their time. Stenciled on top of the portraits is a word, typically the artist's name, and two years that were important in the artist's life. Artist's included in the series are Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Keith Haring, Artemisia Gentileschi, Marc Chagall, and Kara Walker.
Bea Cups (pronounced bee cups) is a utilitarian pun. These are a set of four tea cups hand painted with underglaze and fired at cone 5. I have an unashamed obsession with bees, which shows in much of my illustrative work.
Bea Cups is currently in a private collection.
Bee Tea Bowls is a commissioned set in a private collection. Bees are becoming more and more thematic in my work, this is a very successful project and the bee theme is something that will be continued in the future!
Waves is a surrealist portrait and seascape. The imagery here is meant to call to one's mind the goddess Calypso. A woman who was one with the sea, and had power over it.
Because of my involvement with The Guild in Portales, I was invited to make art for a Cabaret performance in the Yam Theater in Portales.
The first piece I contributed is called Willkommen, inspired by Alan Cummings performance of the song which I had the pleasure to be audience to. Proudly, this painting won first place when put to a public vote.
The second contribution is Lido, a portrait of my mother based on a photo taken of her when she was at a performance in the Lido Theater in Paris.