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WHAT'S WITH THE LEAVES?

 

This obsession with leaves began after a near-fatal car accident. The obsession began after a near-fatal car accident. I was bed-ridden for a chunk of time and my cognitive-heavy hobbies were out of the question - I had a TBI, physical injuries, PTSD, depression, and anxiety. With help, I was able to pour myself back into my artwork.

I missed being outside looking at flora so I decided to paint leaves. A fellow artist would later point out that a lot of the initial pieces looked like they were from the point of view of someone lying on their back, looking up at a canopy. Nowadays, the pieces resemble the point of view of someone upright, looking out a window.

Painting, overall, eased the anxiety. A few years out now, we realize that it has helped, and continues to help, with my cognitive and fine motor training too. I've still got a long way to go in my recovery but I'm determined to keep working at it.

WHAT'S BEHIND THE GEOMETRY AND THE FRACTALS?

 

I've sucked at math all my life, but when it came to geometry, especially tessellations, I couldn't help but be in love. There's just something about them that makes my brain buzz in a good way when I figure out a pattern. Nowadays, it takes me a lot longer, but the buzz is the same! I used to doodle fractals a lot in school but I've long forgotten why other than that they're fun, and again, brain buzz!

YOU MUST LOVE GOLD HUH?

 

Hilariously enough, no - I'm more of a silver gal, especially with jewelry and accessories. However, with my paintings, I've found that using gold gives the piece a nice "punch" while silver kind of just washes things out. Who knows, maybe I haven't quite found silver paint that I like. I'm always willing to give it another shot.

WHAT DO YOU USE FOR YOUR ARTWORK?

I use a combination of the following: watercolor, gouache, acrylic, oils, ink, acrylic ink, color pencil, pastels, wax crayons, and graphite. For my digital work, I use Krita on my Surface Pro 9. With regards to cameras, I use a Nikon D40, a Nikon D3100, and the camera on my Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra.

WHY MIX MEDIA RATHER THAN STICKING TO ONE?

 

I like experimenting with different mediums and seeing the different effects produced when two or more are brought together. I also really like being able to supplement the "weaknesses" of some mediums, with the "strength" of others.  While there are pieces that I decide to use only one type of media on, I much prefer mixing it up. Experimenting with art materials is just too much fun to not keep going. I get a kick out of creating art from, as Mr. Bob Ross called them, "happy little accidents." If you have any recommendations for materials for me to try next, please reach out and let me know!

DO YOU TAKE COMMISSIONS?

 

Absolutely! Please feel free to reach out to me here and we can start a dialogue on what you would like.

HOW ARE COMMISSIONS / ORIGINAL PIECES PRICED?

 

Price of the Piece =

{[(Length of the Piece in Inches) x (Width of the Piece in Inches)] x 2.5} + Materials + Shipping Cost + Tax

The blank border does not count towards the price calculation. 

For example, for a piece that is 11"x10" with a 1 inch border, the price is calculated as such: 

{[(11-2) x (10-2)] x 2.5} + Materials + Shipping Cost + Tax

ARE THERE SUBJECT MATTER THAT YOU DO NOT PAINT/PHOTOGRAPH?

 

Yes, but this is something that I consider on a case by case basis. Please feel free to get in touch and we can discuss it further. Thank you for understanding!

WHAT IS THE TURN-AROUND TIME FOR A COMMISSION?

 

It will depend on the size and complexity of the piece. Please feel free to email me and we can talk about what you would like.

HOW CAN I SUPPORT YOUR WORK?

 

I currently have the following online shops: One is on RedBubble, the other is on Society6, and another is on Threadless.  Links to them can also be found at the both the header and footer. You can order my designs printed on various items like water bottles, bags, towels, and more. I plan on eventually opening a shop here in the site to make it easier to sell my originals. Stay tuned! My Amazon Wishlist is public and I always welcome help with obtaining materials should you be so inclined. If you are interested in purchasing any of the pieces on my site, please let me know here!

WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO DO COMMISSIONS FOR EXPOSURE?

No, I am not. In the words of artist Yuko Shimizu, "It's called 'artwork' because it's real work." Though I am currently neither a high professional nor a famous one, please understand that behind each original piece is hours of my life and lots of meticulous work. Thank you for your thoughtful consideration in advance.

If you have any further questions that are not addressed here, please feel free to contact me HERE.

What's with the Leaves?
What's behind the geometry and the fractals?
You must love gold huh?
What do you use for your artwork?
Do you take commissions?
How are commissions / original pieces priced?
Are there subject matter that you do not paint/photograph?
What is the turn-around time for a commission?
How can I support your work?
Why mix media?
Would you be willing to do commissions for exposure?
Additional Questions?
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