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CELESTIAL Show - DNA Galleries

Posting this almost two years after the fact, but I wanted to make a post about a show I did back in December of 2015 at one of my favorite galleries in Oklahoma City. I've been selling prints at DNA Galleries for years now and when they asked me to show work in their gallery space I was super excited to participate. 

Some Q's and A's from DNA:

What is your medium/process? 

I paint multiple thin layers of oil paint on wood. There’s a mix of reference photos and freestyle painting. I never really know how something is going to turn out, and I think that’s essential for me when I paint.

Rosette Nebula, oil on board, 2015

Rosette Nebula, oil on board, 2015

Where are you from? 

I was born and raised in Oklahoma City, and graduated from Oklahoma State University. After college, I moved to Texas and lived in Galveston and Austin. I recently moved back to OKC this past summer.

Anaitisa, oil on board, 2015

Anaitisa, oil on board, 2015

How would you describe your latest body of work? 

“Celestial” is a series that focuses on fictional deities that rule other worlds and galaxies. Their names are reminiscent of Greek, Celtic, Persian, and Egyptian goddesses. I wanted to create divine beings that could either be ancient or futuristic.

Nephthysus, oil on board, 2015

Nephthysus, oil on board, 2015

What inspires you?

I’m very much inspired by nature, anatomy, and astronomy. I feel they are very much full of life and full of death. It’s intriguing and beautiful.

Lumina, oil on board, 2015

Lumina, oil on board, 2015

How did you get started?

Like most people, I started painting as a kid. In pre-school, my teacher called my mom to tell her she was worried because I refused to draw stick figures. My mom later told me that I came home that day complaining because “people don’t look like sticks!” I hadn’t yet figured out how to draw a human body. I’ve been infatuated with painting and drawing ever since.

Orion Nebula, oil on board, 2015

Orion Nebula, oil on board, 2015

What are your goals for the future?

I’d love to create life-size round panels of galaxies that invoke an immersive view of space. I’d also love to create a conceptual interpretation of my “Floral Anatomy” series by creating a garden inside of a gallery made completely of flowers and bones.

What advice do you have to artists?

If you put in the time, love, and energy, you will see results. That doesn’t mean every piece will be amazing, but you always have to keep at it to grow as an artist. Try not to put so much stress on yourself and just play around and have fun with your work. Experiment!

Mermaids, Ghost Cats, and Prints!

Ok, so I've been painting a lot of portraits lately, and I'm not used to painting portraits. As far as portrait paintings go I've painted maybe 3 faces in my life (with oils). Painting faces freaks me out a bit because it's so…I dunno…specific. But whatever, I'm just going with it. I had this idea to paint celestial mermaids…these goddess creatures who are gorgeous but could also fuck you up. Luna (girl with the blue hair) is a night goddess. I kind of love her. More ladies to come! Think dark hair, dark flowers, ravens, galaxies, etc. Who knows, I might throw in something completely random. And maybe they're not even mermaids, maybe they're sirens. I can't decide. Or both? I'm just going with it. 

^^ Kitty bath. 

^^ From my sketchbook… I'm sketching more! (yay). This is Ghost Cat Explores a Crystal Cave. Maybe he'll go on other adventures too.

^^ New little guy, Wolf Mountain.

^^ I've got Scarab and Wolf Mountain prints up in the shoppity shop. These fellas come in 5x5 or 8x8 inches. <3

Off to go do more painting! 

Insects, Galaxies, and Prints!

Hello! These past few weeks have kind of been a blur. I've been sick lately and it doesn't seem to be passing which is quite frustrating. Ugh. But anyway, I have so many tiny pieces I've been working on lately and I love them dearly. 

^^ A little galaxy scarab! I've been obsessed with scarabs, beetles, moths, and butterflies lately. 

^^ Speaking of moths I have this lady in the works with a lunar moth on her eye. More celestial musings to come!

^^ Some spring cleaning. I'm a terrible person and leave my brushes sitting in solvent forever so I finally got around to giving them a good clean. That and wiping cat hair off all my paint tubes.

^^ Milky Way prints are now in the shop! I really love the colors. Eeee. You can get them here

^^ Omen is also in the shop. Love this little guy. Comes in 5x5 or 8x8 inches.

^^ She's my little print inspector! Ha. Well back to the studio, hope you all have a lovely week. <3