THE POWER OF PORTRAITS

Portraits abound throughout art's brilliant history; think of Van Gogh's self portrait, Vermeer's Girl With the Pearl Earring, Wood's American Gothic, to name a few. From mankind's first portrait in hieroglyph to the modern-day selfie, portraits arrest the eye with a come-hither gaze or intriguing Mona Lisa smile. Even today's selfie filter adds clout to the power of portraiture.

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SHE WEARS MY ART ON HER SLEEVE

This piece is aptly named as her sleeves are comprised of many pieces of my artworks. I enjoyed creating this piece as I've always loved tattoos, from the time I was a kid and hoping to find the lick and stick tattoo in my box of Cracker Jack. Although tattoos are sadly de rigueur in today's society, I will always love what they represent; an artistic expression of an individual's story.

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BIRDS OF PARADISE

Two lovely birds welcome you to paradise. With her pet parrot on her shoulder, bold beauties both, she's a bird of a different feather. Birds uses five different texture effects for the color palette, making this one of my more colorful creations by far. 

Birds of Paradise was invited into Observica Magazine's Prime Edition 2021 and MVA Gallery's Power of Portraits Gallery Exhibititon, Bethlehem, PA / February - March 2022 

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NO FUMAR

I thought this defiant subject could benefit from a layer of urban grit along with her laissez faire attitude. Brash women are much a part of my repertoire. Rebels and scofflaws; women who think rules are for others or are made to be broken. Does art imitate life? In this artist's case, maybe just a little.  

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MISSES MEDUSA

These fabulous femmes were inspired by fabulous hairstyle models. I wanted the colors of this piece to be as dramatic as the subject matter, with the exotic and distressed textures and street art edge that's often a part of my works. 

Misses Medusa was featured in Through the Looking Glass' 3rd Community Art Show, El Paso TX / October 2021

'I view life through the lens of the soul, and it's a wondrous, colorful place.'

—The Sketchie Beast

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STEAMPUNK SALOON

This piece was my first creation after acquiring a digital pen and sketchpad. An exercise in mastering the digital implements (like drawing at a remove) while experimenting with layers, textures and effects that would become my signature. Manipulating layers and removing imperfections at the speed of an Undo feels a bit like cheating, but digital art requires the same imagination + skill as its more traditional counterparts. And Steampunk has proven to be a favored first subject.

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WAR IS OXYTOCIN

There's much to see in this piece, from the bullet bandolier to the face paint, the common Bic lighter and the sheer attitude of the subject. I've added a robust treatment of my beloved exotic elements to spice it up as well as the street art edge I'm so fond of. What's not to love about this feisty femme who gets high off war and oxytocin?  

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PUGILISTIC TENDENCIES

This nocturnal urban creature and his very apparent pugilistic tendencies represents the fighting spirit. Something very prevalent in today's society. It's about the battle. For good, for evil. For no apparent reason. But if one is going to duke it out, whether verbally, physically or spiritually, one better be well-prepared and armed with the knowledge that makes one a very powerful adversary.

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PORTRAITS OF LAILA / JUST LAILA & GLAM GRRRL

Laila, my furry, four-legged grandchild and muse, debuted at a renowned Laguna Beach art festival in 2019 in her best apocalyptic headgear (see Tales of Apocalypto). since then she's had a few other spin-off portraits including her charming Just Laila and Glam Grrrl which was featured in the Pets 2021 online international group exhibition. Perhaps this grrrrl will be more famous than this artist ever will.

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TIGER LILY

Tiger Lily is an arresting portrait piece and an extremely colorful character. Vivid with tropical foliage and multiple textures, she may be an edgy femme but her demurely downward focus defines what beauty is all about...being utterly unaware and humble about her own individuality and beauty.