it's dark in here

Art isn't always light, bright and beautiful. There are dark representations throughout its history. Whatever the theme: gritty, macabre, somber, slightly disturbing and sometimes darkly humorous, for whatever the reason, it appeals to our primal side. Wander this darker gallery but remember to turn the light on when you leave.


This piece was inspired by something as simple and mundane as cleaning out my closets and cupboards. Cleaning House can be interpreted one of two ways; sucking out the clutter of manipulated thought to prepare fertile ground for purity and truth to thrive OR providing a clean space in which to house more crap. Let the beholder decide.   


One of three pieces I created for a Halloween series, Hooked is 35 fabulous layers of either a dark little whimsy or something personally symbolic for this artist who relishes her alone time more than the average person. Either way, the watery blues and greens and splashes of crimson are quite a fitting palette for this unfortunate sea creature. 


From horror movies to music to art, October is a month made to indulge in dark themes. And far be it from an artist born in October to pass up an opportunity. Such as this recently finished piece, the second feature of my Halloween series created especially for that October vibe.  


This nocturnal urban creature and his pugilistic tendencies is symbolic of the fighting spirit, something very prevalent in today's society. It represents battle, for good or bad, choosing your battles, and being prepared to duke it out when battle presents itself. For this piece I added pencil-sketched details. A technique that's new to my developing repertoir.


Despite the repulsive reign of the Nazi regime, it's been bizzarely kept alive through the decades. From best-selling books to movies, it's a dark dot in 20th century history that nightmares are made of. This illustration is based on a screen shot from the movie 'Dead Snow Zombies'. If you thought Nazis were scary in their corporeal state, the flesh-eating undead ones are even more so.  


The final piece of my Halloween trio, Sugar Skull Pin Up is a delightful dark character decked out in her gothic best.  Check out my news and events blog to view a short demo of how this multi-layered beauty was created. 


This piece was created for social media as a cynical Noir du Joir status post. Since Monday is a day that's universally disliked, it's the perfect day to inject a little edgy humor. This is a pure vector illustration and, as with all noir, it's not for the sensitive or easily offended.   

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