Embracing Fragments of Self

New painting titled “Embracing Fragments of Self” from the “Sin + Seek Truth” series.

Fragments, unraveling, dreams, whispers and splintered echoes are some concepts I’m thinking about. This piece is about self reflection. Feeling and experiencing the losses breaking and unraveling, but remaining passionate. Using these forces and fragments of colors in new ways and becoming the queen you know you are. Her crown, her golden arm symbolizing her strength. Her bleeding costume hat and broken pieces are reminders of her past challenges. Her top, a deep black quietly mourns her loss, her collar takes on new colors, those fragments have already begun to rebuild.

Hand-painted with a fusion of acrylic & watercolor atop a discovered image on paper. Priced at $300, this captivating piece awaits your personal collection. Reach out to make it yours today!

“Embracing Fragments of Self” – 2023, 12″ x 16″

Unleash Your Creativity: Dive into the Art of Printmaking!

Embark on an artistic adventure with me at Art Lab, where my printmaking workshop kicks off on January 29th. Immerse yourself in a 3-week journey through the mesmerizing world of printmaking, exploring everything from the tactile wonders of drypoint to the dynamic allure of collagraphs, monoprints, image transfers, and beyond.

Join me in unlocking the magic of printmaking, whether you’re wielding a press or embracing the hands-on approach. This workshop is not just about creating art; it’s about experiencing the transformative power of your own imagination.

Secure your spot now and let your creativity flow freely – all supplies are included! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to leave an indelible mark on your artistic journey.

See you at Art Lab!

Gatherings + Inspiration

I recently was part of a zoom artist roundtable with art advisor Maria Vogel from Rococo Art Advisory. I’ve had so many ideas along the years but never pulled the trigger on most of them.

I finally decided to start celebrating and focusing more on my accomplishments from the past 30 years in my field, rather than the goals not reached or missed opportunities. To push myself firmer on marketing strategies, as well as pursuing more of my ideas and implementing more of the advice from professionals in my specialized field.

Maria Vogel created an art gathering which also focuses on art gatherings and food.

This is what inspired me to begin my artist meet-up group which I now titled Artist Social Collective.

“Maria Vogel is taking the art world to dinner. The art advisor and writer recently launched Rococinco, a dinner party series that celebrates five emerging to mid-career artists through a five-course meal. These repasts are an extension of her art advisory firm Rococo, which seeks to build connections through unique modes of storytelling.”

During the discussion the Futurist Cookbook was also discussed when Vogel was taking about her inspiration.

“Part manifesto, part artistic joke, Fillippo Marinetti’s Futurist Cookbook is a provocative work about art disguised as an easy-to-read cookbook. Here are recipes for ice cream on the moon; candied atmospheric electricities; nocturnal love feasts; sculpted meats. Marinetti also sets out his argument for abolishing pasta as ill-suited to modernity and advocates a style of cuisine that will increase creativity. Although at times betraying its author’s nationalistic sympathies, The Futurist Cookbook is funny, provocative, whimsical, disdainful of sluggish traditions and delighted by the velocity and promise of modernity”

This post is from my Patreon page

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Link to purchase the Futurist Cookbook

Dive into my Artistic Journey on Patreon

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The Acid Circus

The Acid Circus represents my latest artistic series, comprising a collection of newly crafted etchings that have taken shape in the sanctuary of my home studio, a place where my cherished personal etching press has become an instrumental accomplice. The genesis of this press dates back to my formative years as a student at The Pratt Institute, when practicality dictated the necessity of enabling work from home to accommodate my daily commute and the constraints of campus hours.

Gravitational Attractions 4″x5″ SOLD

My venture into The Acid Circus embodies both a creative challenge to my prior paintings, exploring an alternative medium, and a deliberate endeavor to imbue my narratives with an intimate and fragile essence. It is the fascinating interplay between acid and metal that has long captivated my artistic sensibilities within this etching process. My profound connection to this method transcends the realm of art, resonating with personal echoes of health-related concerns and medical anxieties. The etching’s intrinsic fusion with the acids contributes to the imagery that unfolds before me as I work within this medium.

Altered Balance 2″x2.5″

Furthermore, the framing of these works is not a mere afterthought but a conscious, motivational element that has been integral to this series’ conception and my vision for the finished masterpieces. In juxtaposition to conventional printmaking traditions, I have deliberately pushed boundaries, experimenting with editioning variations, framing styles, signatures, borders, and more. Each piece stands as a holistic creation, where the frame isn’t merely a vessel for the contents but an integral part of the artwork’s expression. My journey in this regard was profoundly influenced by a magnificent book gifted to me, which explored the historical significance of frames in art across centuries. Embracing this insight, I have assumed the role of curator, making deliberate choices that imbue each work with a unique visual narrative.

When one acquires a piece from The Acid Circus, they are not just purchasing an etching; they are securing a complete work of art, from inception to presentation, created solely by the artist’s hand. These frames, culled from my personal collection over time, impart a distinctive and singular character to each print, rendering them one-of-a-kind treasures, each resonating with a deeply personal connection.

Skeleton Crawl 2023

My artwork will be featured in the Skeleton Crawl from October 25th through October 31st! (Reception – Saturday, October 28th 6-9pm at 145 Sterling Place in Brooklyn, NY).

This event is particularly special to me because it breaks away from the traditional gallery approach and offers a unique experience for spooky season. I couldn’t be more thrilled to have my work showcased in such an environment. Incredibly, this event has also been recognized by TIMEOUT NY as one of the best Halloween weekend events to attend!

I will be present at the art opening on Saturday from 6-9pm.

I’m truly looking forward to starting the weekend surrounded by wonderful people and immersing myself in all the dark art on display.

More event details below:

Come visit our Haunted Art Exhibition OCT 25-31 in Brooklyn! Grab a flashlight and illuminate your way through our dimly lit gallery for a truly unique experience. 53 artists • 1 show of the creepiest fine art around.

145 Sterling Place
Gallery Hours:
Sun-Thurs // 2pm-10pm
Fri & Sat // 2pm-midnight
Events all weekend. Take your pick.

Thursday, OCT 26: 8pm
Poetry & music @founders_music

Friday, OCT 27: 9pm-midnight

Saturday, OCT 28: 6-9pm

Sunday, OCT 29: 7pm

FREE / Suggested Donation
$5 donation = a sticker to add to the wall of bloody tears
$10 donation = entry in our Spider Toss Raffle for a chance to win a Polaroid iType Camera ($140 value)

Cash bar & spooky vibes. Costumes always encouraged