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I find inspiration in death. More specifically: in bearing witness to my mother’s death and how that effects my opinions on life. I use creation of art as a method of processing emotions and experiences: the results of which I find serene and comforting. My art is not only a tool to navigate and control the turbulence of grief, but a safe place I retreat to when in need of refuge.

Primarily, my subjects are women and often my subjects are pseudo self-portraits; bearing slight resemblances to me, but no great similarities. People relate best to familiar things and in creating paintings vaguely resembling myself I am able to traverse new territories and emotions through the familiarity of self.

As I become more comfortable examining and sharing unpleasant emotions my art has grown more expressive. To this end I have found ink a valuable tool. Given my taste for watercolor; ink is familiar enough to not intimidate me, but new enough to still excite and inspire me. I am fascinated by the way it stains, runs, drips and grows when layered.

Discovering new surfaces upon which to create is just as exhilarating to me as exploring media: I love the thirst thick papers have, the solid, forgiving nature of wood panels, and the translucency of acrylic.

  • Age: 27
  • Joined: January 2008

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New Web site!

I’m going pro! / Check it out!. / Also: / I’ll be moving to Houston, TX within the month; any job leads in that area would be greatly appreciated.
Posted about 5 years – Leave a comment

Buttons!

I’ve made some buttons! Check ’em out! / Sorry for my absence, I promise I’ll update more frequently once things have settled; I have a tonsillectomy in a couple of weeks, a family reunion about 1,000 miles away for the Fourth of July, and am planning a move to Houston. Finding employment in a city four hours away is no easy task. / Anyone know of any job leads in Houston?
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Post Revival! (Edited 2008.09.15)

I’ve received the first piece of (what I’ve deemed) the Post Revival Project! Thanks to najeroux who altered the post card and made it pretty! / The back reads: / “Due to the substantial buttery goodness of artline 70 markers, all web generated pigs are mostly green & smell like spry painted penguins! Failling that, we can live in wine bottles called Shaun.” / You can …
Posted almost 6 years – Leave a comment

Featured!

2008.08.21 / Toby was featured on the front page of the group Art and Stories Made for Children. I’m honored that he made it to the featured section! / He’s going to be gloating about it for ages! :)
Posted almost 6 years – Leave a comment