Felix Sketch
Felix Sketch

Felix Quintana is an incredible artist and dear friend. I have plans for this sketch & a new series of work...

Rolling Off
Rolling Off

Another in my series of watercolor marker & ink illustrations. Personally, I interpret the flowing forms as water-like, and the contrasts speak to me of effort to confront & change a daunting problem. I am reminded that although water is soft to the touch, it holds so much power to affect its environment, and an infinite ability to conform to its container. Contained but retaining its integrity, and at the slightest tilt ready to escape free. But you are welcome to interpret whatever speaks to you in my abstract work! ☺️ 🎨

Summer Pineapple
Summer Pineapple

This piece is just a bit of fun. I love the taste of fresh pineapple in the summertime. I also think it's interesting that this fruit is a fashion/decorating trend at the moment. This piece is 9x12" on Arches Hot Press watercolor paper, I used watercolor pencils, Sennelier watercolor paints, Nova Neon pink acrylic paint, and a touch of copper ink.

Emu
Emu

"Emu" is the first in a new exploration of style and color with colored pencil. For me this is one of those unexpected drawings that I started with no expectations -- I wasn't sure where I was going with it, what I wanted out of it, and it didn't occur to me to be concerned with making mistakes. I am reminded to remind myself to be more open to the possibilities when I make art, and to trust my own intuition and sensibilities.

This piece in particular feels like a new direction, combining the color work I have been doing in my abstractions and the resurgence of my inspiration for portraiture.

One of the first art materials I ever used, I have always enjoyed using colored pencils and they still retain that "play" association when I work with them.

 

Snowy Plover Family
Snowy Plover Family

the Western Snowy Plover is my city, Marina CA's official shorebird. They are tiny, adorable, enigmatic, and endangered.

I hope to create some more visibility for these sweet, fragile, and vulnerable birds. It takes a community of vigilance to make sure no fires are burned on beaches they nest, no dogs are off leash to trample their small nests, and no beach-goers walk into the protected areas causing them to flee their nests.

Qandeel Baloch
Qandeel Baloch

Qandeel Baloch was known as "Pakistan's Kim Kardashian." A social media star, model, actress, and singer, she was murdered by her brother in July of 2016 bringing a lot of press to Pakistan's "Honor Killings" tradition. A self-procalimed feminist, Qandeel Baloch was a polarizing figure. I think this sketch will be the first of many exploring her short life & social media.

 

Illustration done with copic markers, prismacolor pencils, and a touch of white acrylic & gouache.

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Ghost Cats
Ghost Cats

I am intrigued by cats as a spiritual messenger, or more in tune to the "ghost world" than humans. I also wanted to create some benevolent ghosts because often the idea of a haunting or spirit is only negative or only harmful - something to be exorcised away. I hope this art can coexist with viewers of all spiritual backgrounds and belief systems. I chose to give these characters a third eye in horizontal orientation to avoid appropriating Hindu depictions of the third eye vertically which refers to specific deities. I am interested in subverting cultural appropriation particular by New Age religion, and my hope is that this piece is a way of exploring ghosts, seers, and spirituality through my own point of view.

Original 9x12" linoleum block print. Printed with a press. Available on Etsy as a digital print.

2016 Corpse Flower
2016 Corpse Flower

In 2016, one of the stories that has struck me the most was the summer of unprecedented corpse flowers blooming.

A year that has seen humanitarian crises across the globe and political unrest and upheaval seems a bit appropriate to have the corpse flower as a symbol. This has been a year of struggle, defeat, triumph, and as Kylie Jenner put it, "Realizing things."

Acid and Salt
Acid and Salt

Synesthesia reaction painting created while experiencing Beyoncé's Lemonade. Contemplating John O'Donahue's concepts of the inner landscape of being; that two entities can seem very close and intertwined but on a perceptual level there is a barrier; we can not gain access to another's inner world, nor can we truly control our place in that inner space.

2016. Acrylic ink, acrylic paint, and watercolor on Rives BFK printmaking paper. 22x30".

Extrovert Music
Extrovert Music

As an extroverted introvert at heart, I often create in a social setting and then need extended meditation or alone time with my pieces after they are complete to fully understand the energy expended and generated.

Created during the 2016 Art-A-Thon at Youth Arts Collective.

2016. Gouache, watercolor, and acrylic on Winsor Newton watercolor paper. 30x22".

Shared Dreams
Shared Dreams

This piece was mainly inspired by a recent broadcast of Radiolab that explored the existence of almost a neural network of mycelium (mushrooms) that connected forests in British Columbia, allowing trees to send food and even communication in the form of pheromones to each other. A secret root language connecting entire forests almost as one huge brain. The coexistence of thoughts between different organisms, not even just a difference species but taxonomically different at a fundamental level (plant vs fungi) mystified and inspired me. There are so many types of intelligence thriving on this planet that the human mind is not privy to join in on.

Water Is Life
Water Is Life

This piece is in solidarity & hope for the battleground underway on Standing Rock Sioux land. Symbolically as a battleground for all indigenous nations, perhaps nature itself, against colonialism and environmental destruction.

Cnidarian Rising - Fathom
Cnidarian Rising - Fathom

The Cnidarian Rising pieces reflect thoughts concerning climate change and which species will come to dominate a decimated ocean. Jellyfish and other cnidarians are particularly posed to do very well in a more acidic ocean and may do extremely well after mass die-offs of other forms of marine life due to climate change happen in the future.

Fathom is a play on knowledge vs inability to alter the course of forces so much larger than one being.

2016. Copic and Tombow markers on Rives BFK.

Cnidarian Rising - Flow
Cnidarian Rising - Flow

The Cnidarian Rising pieces reflect thoughts concerning climate change and which species will come to dominate a decimated ocean. Jellyfish and other cnidarians are particularly posed to do very well in a more acidic ocean and may do extremely well after mass die-offs of other forms of marine life due to climate change happen in the future.

Flow is an exploration of "triumphant", of reaching peak state.

2016. Copic and Tombow markers on Rives BFK paper. 22x24".

Desert Dreams
Desert Dreams

2015. Acrylic on canvas. Ode to Black Rock Desert.

Brainwaves
Brainwaves

2015. Acrylic ink, Neocolor pastel, and India Ink on elephant paper.

Saturn Party
Saturn Party

2012. Acrylic on canvas.

Felix Sketch
Rolling Off
Summer Pineapple
Emu
Snowy Plover Family
Qandeel Baloch
altered air web.jpg
Ghost Cats
2016 Corpse Flower
Acid and Salt
Extrovert Music
Shared Dreams
Water Is Life
Cnidarian Rising - Fathom
Cnidarian Rising - Flow
Desert Dreams
Brainwaves
Saturn Party
Felix Sketch

Felix Quintana is an incredible artist and dear friend. I have plans for this sketch & a new series of work...

Rolling Off

Another in my series of watercolor marker & ink illustrations. Personally, I interpret the flowing forms as water-like, and the contrasts speak to me of effort to confront & change a daunting problem. I am reminded that although water is soft to the touch, it holds so much power to affect its environment, and an infinite ability to conform to its container. Contained but retaining its integrity, and at the slightest tilt ready to escape free. But you are welcome to interpret whatever speaks to you in my abstract work! ☺️ 🎨

Summer Pineapple

This piece is just a bit of fun. I love the taste of fresh pineapple in the summertime. I also think it's interesting that this fruit is a fashion/decorating trend at the moment. This piece is 9x12" on Arches Hot Press watercolor paper, I used watercolor pencils, Sennelier watercolor paints, Nova Neon pink acrylic paint, and a touch of copper ink.

Emu

"Emu" is the first in a new exploration of style and color with colored pencil. For me this is one of those unexpected drawings that I started with no expectations -- I wasn't sure where I was going with it, what I wanted out of it, and it didn't occur to me to be concerned with making mistakes. I am reminded to remind myself to be more open to the possibilities when I make art, and to trust my own intuition and sensibilities.

This piece in particular feels like a new direction, combining the color work I have been doing in my abstractions and the resurgence of my inspiration for portraiture.

One of the first art materials I ever used, I have always enjoyed using colored pencils and they still retain that "play" association when I work with them.

 

Snowy Plover Family

the Western Snowy Plover is my city, Marina CA's official shorebird. They are tiny, adorable, enigmatic, and endangered.

I hope to create some more visibility for these sweet, fragile, and vulnerable birds. It takes a community of vigilance to make sure no fires are burned on beaches they nest, no dogs are off leash to trample their small nests, and no beach-goers walk into the protected areas causing them to flee their nests.

Qandeel Baloch

Qandeel Baloch was known as "Pakistan's Kim Kardashian." A social media star, model, actress, and singer, she was murdered by her brother in July of 2016 bringing a lot of press to Pakistan's "Honor Killings" tradition. A self-procalimed feminist, Qandeel Baloch was a polarizing figure. I think this sketch will be the first of many exploring her short life & social media.

 

Illustration done with copic markers, prismacolor pencils, and a touch of white acrylic & gouache.

Ghost Cats

I am intrigued by cats as a spiritual messenger, or more in tune to the "ghost world" than humans. I also wanted to create some benevolent ghosts because often the idea of a haunting or spirit is only negative or only harmful - something to be exorcised away. I hope this art can coexist with viewers of all spiritual backgrounds and belief systems. I chose to give these characters a third eye in horizontal orientation to avoid appropriating Hindu depictions of the third eye vertically which refers to specific deities. I am interested in subverting cultural appropriation particular by New Age religion, and my hope is that this piece is a way of exploring ghosts, seers, and spirituality through my own point of view.

Original 9x12" linoleum block print. Printed with a press. Available on Etsy as a digital print.

2016 Corpse Flower

In 2016, one of the stories that has struck me the most was the summer of unprecedented corpse flowers blooming.

A year that has seen humanitarian crises across the globe and political unrest and upheaval seems a bit appropriate to have the corpse flower as a symbol. This has been a year of struggle, defeat, triumph, and as Kylie Jenner put it, "Realizing things."

Acid and Salt

Synesthesia reaction painting created while experiencing Beyoncé's Lemonade. Contemplating John O'Donahue's concepts of the inner landscape of being; that two entities can seem very close and intertwined but on a perceptual level there is a barrier; we can not gain access to another's inner world, nor can we truly control our place in that inner space.

2016. Acrylic ink, acrylic paint, and watercolor on Rives BFK printmaking paper. 22x30".

Extrovert Music

As an extroverted introvert at heart, I often create in a social setting and then need extended meditation or alone time with my pieces after they are complete to fully understand the energy expended and generated.

Created during the 2016 Art-A-Thon at Youth Arts Collective.

2016. Gouache, watercolor, and acrylic on Winsor Newton watercolor paper. 30x22".

Shared Dreams

This piece was mainly inspired by a recent broadcast of Radiolab that explored the existence of almost a neural network of mycelium (mushrooms) that connected forests in British Columbia, allowing trees to send food and even communication in the form of pheromones to each other. A secret root language connecting entire forests almost as one huge brain. The coexistence of thoughts between different organisms, not even just a difference species but taxonomically different at a fundamental level (plant vs fungi) mystified and inspired me. There are so many types of intelligence thriving on this planet that the human mind is not privy to join in on.

Water Is Life

This piece is in solidarity & hope for the battleground underway on Standing Rock Sioux land. Symbolically as a battleground for all indigenous nations, perhaps nature itself, against colonialism and environmental destruction.

Cnidarian Rising - Fathom

The Cnidarian Rising pieces reflect thoughts concerning climate change and which species will come to dominate a decimated ocean. Jellyfish and other cnidarians are particularly posed to do very well in a more acidic ocean and may do extremely well after mass die-offs of other forms of marine life due to climate change happen in the future.

Fathom is a play on knowledge vs inability to alter the course of forces so much larger than one being.

2016. Copic and Tombow markers on Rives BFK.

Cnidarian Rising - Flow

The Cnidarian Rising pieces reflect thoughts concerning climate change and which species will come to dominate a decimated ocean. Jellyfish and other cnidarians are particularly posed to do very well in a more acidic ocean and may do extremely well after mass die-offs of other forms of marine life due to climate change happen in the future.

Flow is an exploration of "triumphant", of reaching peak state.

2016. Copic and Tombow markers on Rives BFK paper. 22x24".

Desert Dreams

2015. Acrylic on canvas. Ode to Black Rock Desert.

Brainwaves

2015. Acrylic ink, Neocolor pastel, and India Ink on elephant paper.

Saturn Party

2012. Acrylic on canvas.

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