Friday, June 16, 2017

Announcing In the World of Dreams & Nightmares Video!

My latest illustrated video entitled In the World of Dreams & Nightmares is now live! 

"It's a time of immense change. What was once familiar is no longer. To make sense of the world collapsing around her, a young artist and writer escapes into the magical realm of her journals: a sacred place where dreams and nightmares come to call."

A free-spirited mix of the conscious and subconscious, the journey of self-discovery exposes the workings of the mind, where imagination and everyday life experience are recast into an entirely new role. 

By amassing myself into the midst of other worldly places, I create a portal, transcending me back to a time when the creative spirit reigned in a vast and limitless field of dreams. In my world of the fantastic, supernatural beings, winged guardians and underworld deities coalesce in magical, epic dreamscapes, heavenly realms and timeless places. Adventurous quests to worlds beyond awaken my subconscious, leaving me spellbound and wanting more.

The illustrated video is part of an ongoing, labor of love project that I will be launching on Patreon by the end of the month. Your support will allow me to further my passion for all things fantastical, taking you along on the artistic adventure with me. From the preliminary concepts, sketches and the production of unique costuming, masks, headdresses and embellishments through to the final execution, you will witness my journey. This unique, behind-the-scenes access is only available through your generous support of my work on Patreon.

As the body of work grows, I plan on releasing signature, limited-edition books as well as videos with hybrid, multimedia approaches to storytelling throughout. In addition, illustrated sketchbooks of the work in series, note card sets, creative writing journals and inspirational calendars will also be created. I hope to someday have a major traveling exhibition of the work as a whole!

As an ongoing patron, you will not only receive special rewards but also VIP access to private openings, special discounts to newly released products and so much more! When certain goals are reached, I will have monthly group chats online, portfolio reviews, process and inspirational insight postings, technical tips and behind-the-scenes videos just to name a few.

I am very excited to go on this fantastical journey. Let’s do it together! Stay tuned for more details to come!


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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

It's all in the Details!




The Warrior 24" x 12" x 2" acrylic, oil, collage, bas-relief 
and assemblage on masonite & board with wooden construct

I have been very busy working on a series of mixed-media paintings for my visual novel. Finally, I had a chance to start documenting my progress. 

The piece to the right is called The WarriorIt features many mixed-media painting techniques. Bas-relief and gold-infused details abound, working in tandem with the more painted areas of the figure. The entire collar and lower bodice are created using a series of custom textures that were built up in multiple layers using molding paste. 

Working in relief, I began by texturizing the working surface, using various collage techniquesThe chest plate structure is created using a debossing technique, custom stencils that I create myself, gesso, molding paste and gel medium. Lots of layering is done on the surface of this panel

The registration of relief elements is tight and critical to maintaining the overall symmetry of the piece... very little room for error! It is also quite a challenge to maintain the illusion of depth that is created by painting when areas of bas-relief thread throughout the piece. You don't ever want a three-dimensional effect to cancel out a two-dimensional one. Check out just some of the details below.  

The work also has a complex framing structure that will house the painting. Because of the complexity, I worked with my husband who came up with a 3D digital model to figure out how we would be able to incorporate the art with the design. The 3D environment not only allowed us to try different things but also also assisted in the purchasing and cutting of the wood to the appropriate size and shape. Shown below is the front plate. There is also a back plate that fits inside like a box. I am still playing with the painting of this, trying different layering techniques with color and texture. I plan on adding more relief in key areas.


For more intriguing mixed-media and bas-relief techniques, check out my book Experimental Painting

I  also have several workshops coming up online. They start in January 2017 so mark your calendars.

If you love mixed-media, mythology and painting the figure, you will enjoy my upcoming online workshop Experimental Painting: The Mythical RealmI will be showing insights into the making of The Warrior piece in that workshop! So stay tuned!

The class starts Jan 9 and runs to Feb. 17, 2017 for 6 weeks online. Each week, Monday through Friday, there are informative, educational and inspirational posts to the class blog and I am present in the classroom every day during the work week!

For a two-day workshop in New York City, check out my mixed-media workshop at the Art Students League called EXPERIMENTAL PAINTING: Inspirational Approaches in Mixed Media
September 10 to 11, 2016

Weekend Intensive Workshop, Limited to 12 Students

See work created in my Art Student League Workshop.
In this detail shot, you can see the textured ruffle, part of the ornate relief plate and  the multidimensional bodice
accent that was built up in layers.
Each of the details on the collar are built up in 
layers using molding paste directly applied to the working surface.


ONLINE WORKSHOP Experimental Painting: The Mythical Realm
The mythical figure has inspired artists for centuries. Let it inspire you too! This highly informative online workshop explores experimental approaches to painting the mythical figure in thematic fantastical settings, using both two-dimensional and three-dimensional mixed-media techniques. Topics include drawing and painting the fantastical figure, altering and restructuring facial features and body proportions to create believable characters as well as the use of costuming, decorative motifs and ornamentation, cultural iconography and architectural detail in works of the mythical realm. All assignments include exploration into a multitude of mythological, cultural and historical sources, where the focus is on the creation of message-driven art through the use of symbolism, metaphor and allegory. Artists are also encouraged to develop their own mythological figures to illustrate.


With visually inspiring imagery, insightful readings, thought-provoking videos, creative exercises and step-by-step demonstrations, artists will discover a plethora of exciting two-dimensional and three-dimensional techniques to employ in their own fantastical works. This online workshop is for intermediate and advanced figurative artists who are interested in using mixed-media techniques to add that magical, transforming element to their work!

Starts Jan 9 to Feb. 17, 2017 for 6 weeks $300
For returning students: Audit  $250

Sign up for my mailing list to find out about more upcoming workshops, books and videos! 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Explosion of Color!


My latest piece entitled The Guardian is part of a visual novel. Shown tbelow is a working detail of the highly tactile, mixed-media work. Lots of texture being built up in layers with an explosion of color!

Below is the finished piece. It is 12" x 12” x 2" and created using acrylic and mixed media on Masonite with wooden framework.


Check out a recent article on my blog and fantasy works in-progress on the IMPACT books site called All Things Fantastical!



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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

STARTS JAN 4 - FIGURE PAINTING: The Mythical Realm & FANTASTICAL DREAMSCAPES


Multidimensional bas-relief details each custom designed.
LIMITED to 12...REGISTER NOW!

If you love mixed-media, mythology and painting the figure, you  will enjoy my six week workshop FIGURE PAINTING IN MIXED MEDIA: The Mythical Realm

The mythical figure has inspired artists for centuries. Let it inspire you too! This highly informative online workshop explores experimental approaches to painting the mythical figure in thematic fantastical settings, using both two-dimensional and three-dimensional mixed-media techniques. Topics include drawing and painting the fantastical figure, altering and restructure facial features and body proportions to create believable characters as well as painting magical environments using mixed-media techniques.


Demonstration featured in Fall 2015 issue of Acrylic Artist Magazine
All assignments  encourage exploration into a multitude of mythological, cultural and historical sources. Egyptian, Greek and Roman, Celtic, Norse, East Asian, African and Native American mythology, legends, fairy tales and folklore are just some of the areas of prospective interest. Artists are also encouraged to develop their own mythological stories to illustrate. 

Other topics include the use of costuming, decorative motifs and ornamentation, cultural iconography and architectural detail in works of the mythical realm.

With visually inspiring imagery, insightful readings, thought-provoking videos, creative exercises and step-by-step demonstrations, artists will discover a plethora of exciting two-dimensional and three-dimensional techniques to employ in their own fantastical works. This online workshop is for intermediate and advanced figurative artists who are interested in using mixed-media techniques to add that magical, transforming element to their work!


Start Date: January 4 to February 12, 2016
Course Length: 6 weeks
Tuition: $300.00

NEW: FANTASTICAL DREAMSCAPES: Creating Magical Environments in Mixed Media is a new online class! This highly informative online workshop will explore experimental approaches to painting dreamy vistas in mixed media, using both two-dimensional and three-dimensional techniques. The workshop will cover the creation of mystical landscapes, waterscapes and cityscapes in imaginative, abstract settings that are inspired from mythology, fairy tales, folklore, classical literature and poetry.


With visually inspiring imagery, insightful readings, thought-provoking videos, creative exercises and step-by-step demonstrations, artists will discover a plethora of exciting two-dimensional and three-dimensional techniques to employ in their own fantastical dreamy vistas. For intermediate and advanced artists who are looking to create magical, dream-like environments, this workshop will be a valuable resource and an ongoing source for creative inspiration! 


Start Date: January 4 to February 12, 2016 
Course Length: 6 weeks
Tuition: $300.00

For intriguing mixed-media techniques, check out my book Experimental Painting. For updates on new books, classes, videos and more, subscribe to my mailing list!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Working in Relief!


I love working in relief. I begin by texturizing the working surface, using various collage techniques. I then add matter painting, using sand as the textural element. The under structure  is created in relief using a debossing technique and molding paste. Cloth elements are also applied to the surface in a sculptural way.  Lots of layering being employed on the surface of this panel


Next, I add all the sculptural details in bas-reliefTo further bring out the details, I employed a dremel tool with a fine drill tip.  I then start blocking-in the colors of the painting, employing a multitude of mixed-media painting techniques


I am also working with foils and metal assemblage accents to add in the mix.  Lots more details to add and painting to do on this.  Just in the underpainting stage!

I have several videos that featured many of my mixed-media painting and collage techniques. So be sure to check them out!
For more intriguing mixed-media techniques, check out my book Experimental Painting












If you are looking to take a workshop, I have a weekend workshop coming up in the Fall in New York City at the Art Students League  in September 2016. Sat/Sun Sept 10-11th, 2016 from 10am-4:30pm.

If you are not able to come to New York City to attend, no worries. I  have several workshops coming up online. They start in January 2016 so mark your calendars.If you love mixed-media, mythology and painting the figure, you  will enjoy my six week workshop FIGURE PAINTING IN MIXED MEDIA: The Mythical Realm

The mythical figure has inspired artists for centuries. Let it inspire you too! This highly informative online workshop will explore experimental approaches to painting the mythical figure in thematic fantastical settings, using both two-dimensional and three-dimensional mixed-media techniques. Topics will include drawing and painting the fantastical figure, altering and restructure facial features and body proportions to create believable characters as well as painting magical landscapes and environments using mixed-media techniques.
Demonstration featured in Fall 2015 issue of Acrylic Artist Magazine 


All assignments will encourage in-depth research and exploration into a multitude of mythological, cultural and historical sources. Egyptian, Greek and Roman, Celtic, Norse, East Asian, African and Native American mythology, legends, fairy tales and folklore are just some of the areas of prospective interest. Artists are also encouraged to develop their own mythological stories to illustrate. We will focus on the creation of message-driven art through the use of symbolism, metaphor and allegory as well as anagrams, visual puzzles and hidden messages. The use of story boarding for narrative works in series whether for a gallery wall, book layout, video presentation or online experience will also be discussed. Other topics will include the use of costuming, decorative motifs and ornamentation, cultural iconography and architectural detail in works of the mythical realm.


With visually inspiring imagery, insightful readings, thought-provoking videos, creative exercises and step-by-step demonstrations, artists will discover a plethora of exciting two-dimensional and three-dimensional techniques to employ in their own fantastical works. This online workshop is for intermediate and advanced figurative artists who are interested in using mixed-media techniques to add that magical, transforming element to their work!

The workshop is run as a six-week online class. I have set-up a private resource blog to serve as the interactive platform for the class. It will have articles, videos, downloads and links that will act as valuable supplementation to the class critiques. I will be in the classroom Monday through Friday reviewing in-process and finished works.


Start Date: January 4 to February 12, 2016
Course Length: 6 weeks
Tuition: $300.00


In January, I am continuing my MIXED MEDIA MASTERCLASSThis online workshop is for intermediate and advanced artists that are looking to refine their skills to produce professional works for the fine or commercial art marketplace. Artists will work on their own self-generated projects at a pace they feel comfortable with. In addition to weekly assistance with portfolio development, the class will cover a variety of topics from professional business practices, promotional strategies, merchandising, social media and public relations to studio practices, experimental and traditional painting techniques and an exciting multitude of artistic inspirational resources. Artists can choose to work on works of art, start a website, develop an identity package, set up a social media presence, create a video of their work, develop a merchandise line, or a combination of art and business etc. It is up to each artist how they want to use their class time. Discussions regarding personal outlook, growth and development will also help each artist to explore and expand upon their own creative process as well as establish successful business goals for the long term.

The workshop will be run as an eight-week online workshop. I have set-up a private resource blog to serve as the interactive platform for the class. It will have articles, videos, downloads and links that will act as valuable supplementation to the class critiques. I will be in the classroom Monday through Friday reviewing in-process and finished works. Take this as an opportunity to do something really extraordinary, making an impact on your career for years to come!
Start Date: January 4 to February 26, 2016
Course Length: 8 weeks - $400.00


NEW: FANTASTICAL DREAMSCAPES: Creating Magical Environments in Mixed Media is a new online class! This highly informative online workshop will explore experimental approaches to painting dreamy vistas in mixed media, using both two-dimensional and three-dimensional techniques. The workshop will cover the creation of mystical landscapes, waterscapes and cityscapes in imaginative, abstract settings that are inspired from mythology, fairy tales, folklore, classical literature and poetry.



With visually inspiring imagery, insightful readings, thought-provoking videos, creative exercises and step-by-step demonstrations, artists will discover a plethora of exciting two-dimensional and three-dimensional techniques to employ in their own fantastical dreamy vistas. For intermediate and advanced artists who are looking to create magical, dream-like environments, this workshop will be a valuable resource and an ongoing source for creative inspiration! 


Start Date: January 4 to February 12, 2016 
Course Length: 6 weeks
Tuition: $300.00

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Magical Dreamscapes on Paper!

In-Process Mixed-Media Dreamscape on Printmaking Paper
I am working on several dreamscape scenes on BFK Rives printmaking paper. The in-process image above features a water scene. A river bank is on the left and the scene brings our eye around the corner of sparkling golden shrubbery to something fantastical happening in the background! (Can't reveal the back story...you will have to wait for the visual novel to come out for that.)

To create a working surface, I gesso the full sheet of paper on both sides with a sponge roller. I make sure to fully cover the sheet, including the decaled edges. The gesso application makes the paper nice and heavy to work on. 

In the above detail shot, I am starting to block in the scene using large brushes, sponges and a painting knife. I am also scratching into the wet paint surface with a wood stick to make drawn-like details.
In-Process Mixed-Media Dreamscape on Illustration Board
This very tactile dreamscape is on illustration board and is just in the very beginnings of a block-in stage. In the ocean scene above, the viewer in coming out of a dark cave and into the light of a magical land. You can see the sea crashing up onto the rocks on the right-hand side and an architectural structure just being started in the mid-ground of the left-hand side. There are steps going up to the structure, which I have to begin to draw in the building and surrounding details. Much to do here! 

To learn more about Magical Dreamscapes and tactile landscapes of abstraction...Attend my mixed-media painting, weekend workshop in NYC at The Art Students League. It starts next Saturday Sept 26! Hope to see you there!

EXPERIMENTAL PAINTING: Inspirational Approaches in Mixed Media


September 26 to 27, 2015
Weekend Intensive Workshop, Limited to 12 Students

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Wood Sprite in Process!

Just started pulling details of the wood sprite out of the background which has lots of dripping, cracking and layering of collage and  mixed-media painting techniques being employed on the surface of the custom-made dimensional panel. The same tactile look and feel is carried onto the sides of the cradled panel to unite the surface. 

To create the unique topography, I used handmade papers that I created for the piece. The papers had elements from nature embedded into the surface which added a nice touch to the forest-driven concept. Acrylic gesso, molding paste and crackle paste were applied on top, revealing the layers beneath in an organic way.  

I just love how the dripping paint that runs down the surface starts to bring out the details in the forest in a very interesting, visual provocative way. Lots more details to add and painting to do on this!  
For more information on making as well as sculpting handmade paper, check out my book Art Revolution. For intriguing mixed-media techniques, check out my book Experimental Painting. If you are looking to take a workshop, I have two weekend workshops coming up this Fall. One is in New York City at the Art Students League  in September and another in Seattle at TLC Workshops in October.