~nature calls~

It's easy to find inspiration in the beauty of nature. Most artists do. But how the artist represents and arranges it is what separates one from another. Not often representing it in traditional or literal fashion, I add the layering of elements, color and texture that give each of these images its unique Sketchie Beast signature. 

"pink perfection"

Pink Perfection is an homage to my love of camellias. Camellia Japonica, to be exact. In Japanese lore, Samurai did not like tsubaki, considering them unlucky. Unlike other flowers that drop petal by petal as the bloom is spent, camellia fall, like severed heads, from the branch. Unlucky or not, they are nothing short of perfection. Exceptionally carefree, they thrive where planted. Is it any wonder they are my spirit flower?

"pacific storm"

What most of the country would call 'storms' are few and far between in Southern California. After all, we are perceived as the land of eternal sunshine. But when storm clouds do gather, it's cause for celebration amid news headlines that scream 'STORM WATCH!' With nimbus getting such epic treatment, how could I not give Pacific Storm an epic palette?


As I watch or read the news of the day, as I see people on social media explode over political and societal issues and treat each other as figurative punching bags, I'd like to just fly above it all. Which is what inspired Flight, meant to convey escape, freedom, rapture and the perfection of flying in unity which mankind badly needs do.

~nature inspires because it was lovingly created and, in turn, recreated lovingly~

"a tree alone"

This piece is decidedly personal. Created specifically for an artist's mindset challenge, I did some soul-searching for its creation. And it's proven to be cathartic as well as a beauty for other's to behold, or so I've been told. There are many texture layers in this piece, especially for the dramatic. acid-streaked sky. 

"ode to summer"

This whimsical piece started with a photo my sister-in-law snapped at Corona Del Mar beach in Southern California. I re-created it in bold, forthright colors and a mid-century flair. A piece that clearly claims its Southern California beach culture, where the seagulls perch proudly on body boards, waiting for the perfect photo-op. 

"hidden tiger"

'Hidden Tiger' was originally created to donate to a silent auction. I wanted a piece that was arresting in color and composition. It took several effects layers to accomplish the vibrant tropical foliage and, as is typical of my work, added several textures, one of them an intentional 'water damage' to convey flawed beauty, a personal signature. 

"a lonely baobab"

Originally titled A Lonely Baobab and Its Clear Reflection, that's admittedly  a mouthful, so the title was shortened to A Lonely Baobab. It represents the times in life when one feels alone. While many fear solitude, it can be a time to clearly reflect, without interference or distraction, on life's worth and purpose.