Author Archives: OpticVoid

Artist Studies

Since working on large canvas paintings, I have found the need to work on more immediate images beyond small sketches in preparation for future paintings.

Unfortunately, many of these were destroyed because of my lack of experience with the pastel medium and protective sprays on black paper. I am completely heartbroken but decided to share these pieces as reproduction prints so as to keep them alive and enjoyed. I do intend to take some of these images further into large canvas work at some point.

Large Canvas Paintings

This body of work began from having a series of hypnagogic hallucinations. Waking up and seeing projections of my dream state with my eyes open in complete darkness. The figures appear to be in black and white with shards and prisms of colorful light reflecting into rainbow patterns, drips, lines and bubbles. The figures are visibly in pain and reaching out, terrified and saddened. Their mouths forming silent screams and appear to be aging and distorting before my eyes. I struggle to see clearly in the darkness as these images break up, fade in and out and often become too dark to see. Often, they appear to be wearing circus and religious garb or nothing at all, looking fragile, slow and have no distinct gender. I am still working out these visuals and concepts within my subconscious, combined with my interests in historical and cultural traditions within societies which both separate and unite humanity. The insertion of various elements from my life experiences, places, memories, literature and the arts also make their way throughout. Working on unprimed canvas has given me both the tactile experience of building my surface from raw cloth while forcing the paint into the canvas, as well as the quality of color, light and the darkness in my visions. Materials used are acrylic, watercolor, charcoal and pastel.

Sin + Make It Fashion XXX series

Sin + Make It Fashion XXX is a series I created from my admiration of fashion photography and the fashion industry. My appreciation is for the creation of clothing as artform, particularly high fashion and the incredible gifts of the photographers and stylists collaborating to make the designer’s full vision come alive. As a native New Yorker, fashion has always been on my radar, the energy and mood this city gives to the industry and to its street fashion is so relevant to the art it inspires. Continue reading


As a teaching artist, I offer a wide selection art programs for children of all ages in various locations.

  • Art Lab – focusing on printmaking & abstract painting. Class styles include summer art camps, workshops, intensive art study programs
  • NYC Public Schools – “artist in residence” program for 4+ weeks that complements official school curriculum
  • Home classes – hourly and package rates available

Have a look at my resume

Currently all classes have been affected by the pandemic, so please contact me for availability.