journeys

Being a mixed bag of ethnicities, mental journeys to exotic destinations come naturally to my creative process. I draw inspiration from a complex genetic pool to infuse diverse flavor and color in my works. Some of these influences also come from my passion for belly dance. For me, exotica isn't a faraway land or influence, it's a continual state of mind.

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PIPA

I wanted a classic, 'old world'  look for this pipa and its player, using a more monochromatic palette to accomplish that goal. A pipa is a Chinese lute used prominently in Chinese opera orchestras. According to a document from the Eastern Han dynasty, the instrument’s name is derived from finger techniques, pi for plucking in a forward motion, pa for plucking in a backward motion producing a sound both exotic and divine. Which I hope the same can be said of my artwork.

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Created for a themed art showing in Northern California, Origarmy: West Above the Storm is quickly becoming a favored piece amongst fans and art aficionados. Rendered in a darker palette than my usual works, the goal was to give the piece a somber, stormy seas feel, with a positive note of the Origarmy flying, due west, above it all.

ORIGARMY: WEST ABOVE THE STORM

Origarmy was featured in the Sway Forth art exhibition hosted by Mom and Pop Art Gallery, Point Richmond CA / May 2021 

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BEDOUIN

66 lovely layers make up Bedouin's romantic desert scenery and nomadic iconography. While political and economic changes have vastly affected the Bedouin tribe's way of life and are now but a remnant, I've always been fascinated by things of an archaic, nomadic and sometimes piratical nature. I hope I've done it justice.

Bedouin has been invited into the Migration online group exhibition showcasing January 30 through March 30, 2022.

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BACKSIDE BEAUTY

The challenge of digital art is that it can be very flat in presentation, needing a good mix of texture and layer effects to make it come alive. I believe with this piece it's mission accomplished. Even if all you see is her backside, she's still a beauty.

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BAY OF LIGHT

This digital gem, meant to convey a sense of tranquility, is 55-layered monsterbytes of texture, color, dark and light. When the mood strikes, I balance my gritty, earthy images with pieces that are light and fanciful. I hope a sense of calm and serenity come while traversing this bay.

Bay of Light was featured in the Sway Forth art exhibition hosted by Mom and Pop Art Gallery, Point Richmond CA / May 2021 

NATHANIA

It took three days to birth Nathania which in Hebrew means 'God's Gift'. Considering it takes me anywhere from 2-8 hours to create a piece, this was one of my lengthier labors trying on different effects and textures. Layering and texturing is where I shine, it being my most enjoyable process of creation. 

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MASKS

Masks was created for my own promotional purposes before I realized it would make an interesting canvas on its own. This piece consists of other pieces and textures of other works. That's the absolute beauty of digital...transferring elements and effects at will. Masks truly highlights my love of exoticism, textures and gas masks.

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MEDITATE

Meditate is another creation meant to invoke a sense of peace and calm in the midst of life's storms. It took numerous texture layers to get the vintage look desired for Meditate. Well-aged, well-seasoned and slightly damaged effects are an integral part of my digital style; giving the impression of something well-worn and well loved.

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FLAWED AND SERENE

This creation sums up a fundamental truth: we're all flawed, but serenity comes from the knowledge that there is One who can perfect us. Flawed and Serene uses multiple layers of the exotic textures that I love, in this case distressed bamboo and weathered stone, along with a color palette that's mean to convey the patina of age and timelessness. 

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'Lotus Eater' started with a Balinese mask as a model. This was one of my earlier pieces created while still trying to master the digital pen using Illustrator and Photoshop as mediums. Adding hairline cracks and distressed textures, so much a part of my digital signature, Lotus Eater was the first piece that sold at my first fine art show.

LOTUS EATER
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Inspired by a Himalayan music channel, Trapa basically means 'student'. I love the beautiful faces of these Tibetan monks in patient posture offset by passionate reds, a much used choice of palette for its boldness and energy. Featured as well are the many texture layers, along with erosion effects for conveyance of age, my special signature. 

TRAPA
Shanti, grown up

In case one doesn't know Shanti, she was the girl child who enticed Mowgli to leave his adopted animal family for the human community in The Jungle Book. Although this image is modeled more after a tribal dancer than Shanti, she's an arresting mixture of modern edge and the erosion of the ancient. 

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Having always had a fascination for Koi fish and old school tattoo art, this is my interpretation in combining the two. Much Koi uses several texture layers, very evident in the artwork, and a palette that is no less exotic than the rest of the pieces in this gallery. 

MUCH KOI