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February 9th, 2019 - April 24th, 2019 // Earthly Delights Preparation

It's almost show time!

Last year I decided I would put my entire presence into a show, and make sure that every last bit of it was treated as art. From the invite to the artwork tags. I wanted to see what would happen if I had complete control and was able to propose everything under my vision.

And what happened was a lot of work, which is why it's taken me a while to update my journal. But that work was satisfying, and it was challenging and daring to look at a space and decide what needs to happen.

I've never been more proud and more frightened of what I have created.

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One of my biggest goals was to make a tangible invite that wouldn't be quickly disregarded. I wanted it to feel precious, and unique, and have an ephemeral bit of art tucked in.

I made almost everything by hand. Below is an overview of what I came up with.

The card thick, and is wrapped in a Thaumatrope, a Victorian optical toy that when spun, creates an animation of a full hand.

Furthermore, once you are done with the toy, you can plant the paper directly in the ground and seeds embedded in the paper will grow.

I sent out about 250+ of these invites, all around the world, and I feel quite lucky that only two came back to me as undelivered!

I couldn't send them out to everyone, so just in case you didn't get one. Here is the info, I hope I get to hug you and talk art and flowers soon.

Earthly Delights

Solo Exhibition May 1st - 25th (Wed-Sat, 12-6pm)

Opening Reception May 2nd | 6-9pm

CORE Gallery

117 Prefontaine

Seattle, WA 98104

Oh, and I made some wallpapers of some of my favorite details within the work. You can find them here.

I will see you on May 2nd!

(Oh, and there is some exciting stuff coming!)

January 2nd, 2019 - February 8th, 2019 // all that glitters

I recently shared this quick little video on social media, and someone asked me why I incorporate jewelry into my work as much as I do.

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They caught me at a bad time, and it wasn't something I was prepared to go into. Because there is a lot of reasons why I love jewelry, and I'd need more than a quick Instagram message to go over it.

Now, I'm sure they weren't expecting me to need a full journal post to explain, but hopefully, they find this because I will unquestionably chat about it for as long as you'll listen.


From a technical perspective, as a photographer, I love the specular highlights jewelry adds to my collages. Each piece also adds a bit of shaping quality which can be useful. I find that you can "read" a grouping of flowers as a recognizable hand more comfortably if it's wearing a ring to give you context.

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But I don't include jewelry just for the beauty and usefulness of it; I also love the storytelling abilities it has.

Jewelry is often a symbol of power, whether it's King Philips II's very real crown of golden oak leaves or Rembrants imaginary gold chains; when we look at it, we read value. And I'm doing work about people like you, fragile as a flower and as powerful as a gold.

It's also a shared experience that we all can relate too. One hundred thirty-five thousand years ago Neanderthals were making jewelry and adorning themselves with eagle talons. I'd wager that just about every human since has had at least some sort of adornment they have worn, even if they made it themselves. So even if we aren't familiar with wearing a crown each day, we can relate to the notion of it.

I use these familiar items in my strange world symbolically, often referencing symbols found in art history. Some of these items would be instantly readable as having a secondary meaning in their contemporary times, and I find that even if the specifics are lost today, often they are still familiar, such as Elizabeth I's the use of the color white and pearls to emphasize her virginity. I like to add these little tidbits and play them against our modern ideals.

So thank you random Instagram follower for opening that pandora's box.

November 8th, 2018 - December 5th, 2018 // Mistletoe and Wallpapers

I am a notorious grinch this time of year, the result of working retail before pursuing the arts.

But I'm a sucker for any plant that has symbolism attached, especially if that symbolism holds through to today, so I decided to swing by my local flower market and pick up some mistletoe (and other lovely winter greenery) to photograph for my collages.

Mistletoe picked up is romantic symbolism in ancient Greece, where it was often used in marriage ceremonies. And later the Romans would hold peace meetings under it, a sign of good faith.

However, I prefer the Norse symbolism. Baldur is the doomed son of Odin and Frigg. Frigg, being the goddess of love, decided to do a grassroots campaign to save her son, and petitions all the plants and animals to never harm him. Unluckily, she forgot to catch up with Mistletoe, and Loki fashions a spear from it and fulfills the prophecies.

Depending on who tells the story, she is able to revive Baldur, and thus rewards Mistletoe by declaring it a symbol of love.

In reality, Mistletoe is merely a parasitic plant that grows on a variety of trees. I was lucky to find a great bunch at the market, and I look forward to weaving it into my artwork in the future.

If you need a bit of a festive update for your laptop, I updated my free wallpapers to include some of these more wintery vibes. Just click here.

I'm looking forward to the new year; I have some big plans and a new gallery to work with. Thank you as always for keeping up with me and supporting my artwork.

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September 27th, 2018 - November 7th, 2018 // Favorite Books

I can't share the specifics of why yet, but my last few months have been a season of recognition; meaning that my efforts have become something significant and when I make and share my work, it no longer feels like it's me screaming into the void. Seasons like this make me especially proud of the fact that I am a self-taught artist.

But while this path is entirely valid, it does mean you might have to bumble around with figuring out what goes on a CV or how to structure invoices a bit more as you begin as an emerging artist.

Over the years I have collected a few gems of resources, that I have relied heavily upon and found success.

I know many of my followers who also are pursuing the arts, who like me, are doing so without an academic background, so I thought I would quickly share the books I keep with me at all times.

Nothing beats just trusting your gut though. So take all of these recommendations with a grain of salt. What works for me may not work for you, and that doesn't mean that either is wrong or right.

"Nature and Its Symbols" written by Lucia Impelluso, translated by Stephen Sartarelli.

This is part of the "A Guide to Imagery" series of books I have been slowly collecting over the years, in my experience, this particular title has been the most difficult to find. But if you use natural motifs, it's worth the trouble, because this book is tailored to you. So often I flip through this book to find inspiration. And while someone working outside of this subject matter might not find this particular book valuable, I bet any artist will find something useful in any of the other books in the series, which vary from everything to the depiction of magic in art to symbols of power.

I love this book so much I buy it any time I find it and often give it away.

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"The Artist's Guide to Grant Writing" by Gigi Rosenberg

This book is a bit older, but non the less, incredibly useful. (All though I do wish there is an update) If you are an artist and are uncomfortable or unfamiliar with the grant process, this book will walk you through it and by the end of it, you'll have a foundation that will be useful for the rest of your life. I became a better communicator after reading this book, in every way.

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"Art/Work" by Heather Darcy Bhandari and Jonathan Melber

The holy grail.

Get a request for something you have never done before?

Look it up here for best practice.

Don't know what insurance to get?

Look up what to look for here.

Curious to know how to make a living?

Yeah, it even goes over how to do that.

The brilliance of this book is that is simple, straightforward and allows room for growth and for YOU to make informed business decisions. I value this book so much that I take it on vacation, just in case I get a tricky email and need to reference it quickly. I'm getting a second copy just because I'm a worry wart and I don't want to ever be without it.

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I've linked each title to where you can find them to Amazon, and these are not affiliate links, if you can find them in a local mom and pop shop, please do.

Enjoy.