There was a period when I was on the brink of adulthood, it felt like I was in a constant state of transition. I had so much creative energy inside that was ready to be released. I began working on cardboard for two reasons. The first is that I had always been inspired by the artist Dalek. In my early twenties, my boyfriend at the time and I went to see a show of his in Los Angeles. His lines were impeccably clean and steady. I was so impressed by that. My boyfriend bought a piece by Dalek that he had done on top of an old Japanese cardboard box that at one time was used to ship beer. I was mesmerized by the contrast of his stark clean lines, and the juxtaposition of the raggedy box.
Acrylic + Charcoal
Acrylic + paint pen
I imagined that one day I might have a show. My mom and I drove eight hours with blank canvases that were six feet tall. I spent a winter's holiday at my family's home in Sedona, AZ. I plastered the library with tarp and tape, and worked non stop for two weeks. When I was done, I had a collection of women's faces from all over the universe.
Day of the Dead
My birthday lands on the beginning of the Day of the Dead, Oct 31. I've always been attracted to the sugar skulls tradition that has grown into face painting in celebration, as well. The history behind the painting is quite beautiful as it honors young family we have lost.
Spray Paint + Acrylic
After a few years of exploring painting with various acrylic techniques, I found myself surrounded by many young street artists. They freely used spray paint. This was a series that came from experimenting with spray paint myself.