The International Gallery of Contemporary Arts called for artists to submit two pieces for an event titled 100X100; each piece would sell for no more than $100, and there were a maximum of 100 pieces on display. Titled “Tree of Life”, each piece was first painted with acrylics; one piece shows a cold, winter background and another a hot, summer evening. Through a straw, I lightly blew air into the black acrylic paint which then made the effects of tree limbs. The whole process took about 3 hours from start to finish.
Commissioned by El Sol De Media Noche, a local Spanish newspaper, I took on a project that required a painting on a large office door. Inspired by lyrics of La Santa Cecilia's song "Ice (El Hielo)," which focuses on the struggle of undocumented immigrants, I painted a peaceful scenery from a photograph taken in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The scene focuses on the serene and beautiful areas of Puerto Vallarta, a city that boasts the largest art galleries in Mexico, and brings peace to those people who have never been able to leave the country. The scene is set on the corner of a villa overlooking the Pacific Ocean’s Bahia de Banderas sea. Painted on a 10-foot wooden office door, the piece took about 8 days to complete.
TREK Bicycle Store of Anchorage held its first annual Bike Art Expo in the summer of 2018. While not being a cyclist myself, I support the company’s involvement in supporting the local art community through sports and fitness. A 4’ X 3’ acrylic painting, I used simple techniques such as plastering gesso, rolling an old bike tire over the wet gesso and creating a tire tread-like texture, a silhouette of a cyclist, bib numbers, tire size numbers and a medley of different colors in different forms of splats to create a visual of what one might see when riding a bicycle through a busy city during the day. Using a vinyl die-cut machine, I cut the silhouette, gear and numbers, laid them on the canvas and painted each individual object in black acrylic paint.
This piece is currently listed for sale, and can be found in the ABSTRACTS page.