This piece is made up of 9 separate lithographic prints. Altogether the piece is 21"x27". Each print is the same pattern, but with a different color scheme. This piece is influenced by my trip to Morocco when I was younger. Most homes in Morocco have the open air courtyards in the middle of the home, not in the front or outside of the home for everyone to see. It is a humble practice used to keep from showing off the wealth of the family.
To think of all of the incredible and ornately decorated courtyards all throughout Marrakech that no one sees on a daily basis is incredible. It is like having a city filled with hidden gems. You know they are there, but you have no idea how many there are or if you're standing outside of one right at this moment.
Beauty Within - Lithograph and Acrylic Paint - Varied Edition of 7
This series was one of the first set of prints that explored the personal and private aspect of homes. It was also an experiment in color and how different combinations of colors can create different emotions and feelings, even using the same pattern. Avocado and burnt orange colors in a pattern scream "70s", but different hues of blue give an entirely new meaning to the pattern.
Beauty Within - Lithograph - Varied Edition of 7
InsideOut - Screen Print Series - Edition of 5
This is a series of small screen prints that follow the theme of my Senior Bachelor of Arts show. Patterns can be a personal aspect of peoples' lives. The wallpaper you use on your walls is a personal decision that you see everyday of your life. Yet from the outside a stranger only sees your doorstep, unless they are invited in. There are cities upon cities filled with homes, apartments, shacks, and every type of home imaginable that we will never see the inside of. This idea fascinates me and so I decided to pursue the idea further in my work for my Senior Show.
Patterned Forest Memories - Screen Print - Edition of 4
Each of these prints are 26"x22" and are screen printed. Aside from Lithography, Screen Printing is my favorite type of printmaking.
I have had an interest in patterns and colors for as long as I can remember. The way that different colors can evoke different feelings is incredible, even if it is the same pattern. The intricacies of patterns are fun to play and experiment with.
This piece in particular is talking about childhood memories and how the walls of our childhood homes or different nostalgic pieces of where we live or visit can turn into our own imagined environments. While we play and hope to never forget those moments we transform those ordinary objects and patterns into imagined scenarios.
Patterned Forest Memories 1 of 2 - Screen Print - Edition of 4
This imagery comes from my journals at a child. I used to obsessively write in journals. I didn't write about boys or drama, I would write observations, memories, and ideas. This is a loose interpretation of some of those journal entries.
Patterned Forest Memories 2 of 2 - Screen Print - Edition of 4
As I mentioned before, this imagery comes from my journals as a kid. The work of Printmaker Sylvia Taylor was an inspiration for my characters, and I feel that I will be influenced by her work a lot in the future. I love the whimsical nature of it.
Coming Down - Screen Print - Edition of 9
Barely Contained - Screen Print - Edition of 7
Church Burnin' - Screen Print - Edition of 5
Buds- Oversized Screen Print - Edition of 1
Road Trip - Screen Print - Edition of 8
Untitled - Watercolor Monotype
This piece was an experiment with watercolor monotype printing. It was created during a workshop with Sue Oehme from Oehme Graphics. I absolutely fell in love with how this turned out and how amazing the colors looked together.
Drawing & Painting
Insecurities, impulses, whims. This art encompasses that idea. Spray paint is a quick and spontaneous medium. Flowers and botanic subjects are complicated and beautiful. Combining the two creates a piece that contrasts the two ideas of impulsive actions and thoughtful actions. Taking ideas from flowers and plants, subjects I truly love, I studied and drew botanic subjects for months. Not because I was looking to make a new piece of art, but because I loved to do it. I felt inspired. I continued to edit down that complicated subject and refine it. It’s easier to say exactly what you are thinking in the moment, than to sit, contemplate and find a better way to present it. The floral imagery paired with sharpie and spray paint, represents this struggle we are having between reacting without thought, and slow meaningful thoughts and actions. I hope to fuel positive change and productivity with these realizations.
PAUSE … THINK … DISCOVER
The ability to edit and be original has become a larger struggle. Mindsets need to change. Our world uses social media as a source of creativity and knowledge. Facebook provides views of politics and current events. Instagram and Pinterest are sources for inspiration.
Relying on these outlets cause reactionary and impulsive decisions, or unimaginative ideas. A big vague headline over a two-minute video that we watch half of is then reposted as fact or opinion. A quick reaction filled with anger or love for an event, idea, person we know very little about. Reposting takes two seconds, but how many times do we read that article all the way through? How many times do we continue our research? Even just allowing ourselves to contemplate the ideas presented for longer than a couple of minutes. Few people, including myself, do that consistently.
Gathering inspiration from Pinterest, Instagram and other people’s social media accounts can turn into bland art. Inspiration comes from your own experiences, not anyone else's. You have to experience your own life events. THAT makes for meaningful conversations and ideas.
Hand-drawn with a graphic feel. Inspired by a local tattoo artist.
Hand-drawn roses. Inspired by a local tattoo artist.
Figure Drawing - Charcoal Pencil - 2013
Figure Drawing - Vine Charcoal - 2010
Back and Leg Study- Charcoal - 2013
Fabric Study - Charcoal Pencil - 2013
Fabric Study Close-up - 2013
Head and Shoulder Study - Charcoal Pencil - 2013
Back and Chest Study - Charcoal Pencil - 2013
Leg Study - Charcoal Pencil - 2013
Logos, Branding, and Illustration Design
Mojave Coffee Roasters
I own a Coffee Roasting business and created this design for my packaging.
Retro Coffee Design
Not my actual logo, but I'm experimenting with different styles.