LA Bound

My recent trip to LA was amazing!!!! A BIG THANKS to

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p://artcrasher.com/no-papercuts-blog/ and http://www.talenthouse.com for inviting me to be apart of a group art show and having me as a live painter during the event was a great experience!!!

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The Evolution of a Painting

While I’m waiting on the wood paneling and other supplies before I can begin painting on The Core Collection, I came across an old unfinished painting of mine from a few months ago. After my trip to Georgia it’s been kinda hectic and this past week felt like the right time to work on it, so here’s that painting and the process of evolving which is still untitled.

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Untitled
Acrylic on Canvas
16″ x 20″
2014

In My Space

While in the studio, this is the space that helps clear my head. In between working on the next protrait sketch for  “The Core Collection 20/20.”

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The latest portrait sketch completed for ” The CC 20/20.” I think this one is quite fitting for how I’ve been feeling lately.
Title : Realistic & Dreamer
Pencil on Paper
36 ” x  36″
2014

Humanity: Art for a Cause

Kno design is pleased to have collaborated with The Mahogany Project in designing the album cover for the Humanity CD. Writer/executive producer/composer, Sharon Nyree Williams of The Mahogany Project is celebrating the debut of HUMANITY which tackles socioeconomic issues of Homelessness. Come celebrate  and hear original pieces LIVE from the album this Sunday March 23rd. CDs will be available for sale at the party and a portion of the proceeds from the evening will be donated to the Sanctuary Arts Center. The Sanctuary Arts Center provides a safe, warm and calm environment for homeless and street involved youth to experience creativity and success through art.  Join us this Sunday and help support the work of this amazing organization! http://sanctuaryartcenter.org/

Humanity CD Release Party | 2312 Gallery -2312 2nd Ave. Seattle, WA 98121| 23 March 2014 | 5-8pm|

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Poetry + Storytelling = Humanity CD

getting.dress3And I bought those canvases to create new work. As it is, even when I’m not busy, I’m still busy. At any given time, I have new artwork ideas just floating around in my head and there’s never enough time in the day; heck not even sometimes enough time in a year to complete any of them. So what do I do? I become very ambitious and start two series of paintings at once. In addition to the “CC 20/20” here’s a little something I’ve been working on called “Getting Dress.” 

“Getting Dress,” was something I started about 6 years ago. It was only recently, several good friends of mine really encouraged me to revisit that body of work. So I decided to add-on 12 more paintings to that series. These paintings are on the whimsical side. They take a cheeky look at the ritual of “waking up in the morning” and “going to bed at night.” I wanted to take a minimalistic approach to these paintings while adding a vintage look. To keep it simple, I kept to a limited color palette, made all the figures silhouette and used silk screening for the figures.

Here are the first 6 paintings out 12. I still need to do some tweaking here and there but they’re coming along nicely!!!

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Confessions Of An Artist

It’s that time again, another “CC 20/20” portrait sketch just finished!!! As I go through each portrait of these women, it has been both a pleasure and challenge to work on. The pleasure is creating something beautiful, but starting a new piece is always a challenge. Every new piece of artwork at some point begins to take on a life of its own and usually at that point I like where it’s going. As a personal challenge, I hope to capture the personal beauty that each of these women poses. And lastly, I hope each of my models are genuinely as satisfied with the final outcome as I am.

Happy Tuesday everyone and thanks for all of your support!!!!

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Pencil on Paper

36″x36″

First Drafts

 As 2014 begins, I would like to start showcasing more of the process behind my work. With that said, here’s the first two portrait sketches for the CC 20/20.

Happy New Year!!!

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Title: Joyous/Furious

Pencil on Paper

36″x 36″

2013

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Title: Capitalist/Environmentalist 

Pencil on Paper

36″x 36″

2013

My Goal Is….

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As an artist, I create to inspire. Through my own creative process, I’m always on the look out for inspiration myself. So when I came across this beautiful quote I found it to be quite profound  and  will now make it my mantra.

My goal is: “fulfill the highest, most truthful expression of yourself as a human being.” 

From Oprah Winfrey delivery of 2013 commencement speech to Harvard University.

(Image above from my “Goodness” Painting 2012)