This is my colored pencil art illustrating my love for plants, animals and the human form. I enjoy depicting the animals with botanic elements within as if they emerged from them somehow or perhaps it is the other way around. I oftentimes will glance upon a familiar form in a plant which reminds me of a part of an animal and then I just take it from there.
I use several layers to build up my colors so each piece can take a few weeks to complete from start to finish.
I hope you will enjoy my rendition of our natural world around us!
Fox with Foxtail Ears
Rabbit with Wisteria Seed Pod ears
Cat with Pussy Willows
Eggplant with Tomatillos
Red Ginger Root
This is a drawing of a deformed rib cage on the right side caused from chronic corset use in the Victorian era.
I infused botanic elements throughout to allude to a presence of new life and modern ideas growing from old practices.
The "heart" is a plant called a "bleeding heart" which is appropriate, I thought, for the piece. Many women of the time were subjected to respiratory deficiencies and premature demise due to the pressure the corset placed upon the rib cage inhibiting complete breathing cycles.
The original beauty and the beast!
Sunflower Seed Head
Mixed media with colored pencil and pen and ink
This is my reaction to a world where we seem to believe that it is acceptable to take what is not ours even if it is attached to a living being!
I added a growth of crown of thorns to the elephant's tusks in attempt to deter the hunter's blade.
This is one of a series of future "horned" animals where their sought (not sawed) after parts are transformed into something less desirable for the hunters and more desirable for the hunted.
This is my lovely daughter who I rendered using colored pencils, pastel pencils, tinted charcoal and some gel pen.
Faces are relatively new to me but I LOVE doing them and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do drawing them!
Self portrait in colored pencil
Hello! This is me!
Coloring pages and Coloring Book
These are a few images of my coloring page artwork. I made a few single coloring pages for a Colored Pencil Workshop I taught which offered a multitude of possibilities for textures, layering and color matching.
In November 2016 I released my very first, self-published Coloring Book, "Botanimals-A Coloring Book of Flora and Fauna"! It is available for purchase on Amazon and boasts over 30 pages of coloring fun! The book was inspired by my love of plants and animals and has a thread of "wordplay" woven throughout.
Check out my link below for direct access to my book:
This is an image from my coloring book, "Botanimals-A Coloring Book of Flora and Fauna" now available for purchase on Amazon!
I hope you will "fawn" over it! :-)
Exquisite Corpse Coloring Page
I put these together for a recent art show I exhibited where I mixed up the parts of the tops and bottoms of my art pieces and left the mid section open for the visitors to fill in as they chose.
They were a hit!
Sneak preview of my Owl coloring pattern page
I had been working on my very first Coloring Book for adults and kids since June 2016 and this a digital collage image of how parts of mybook will look. These are a few images I drew for the Owl pattern page. The final coloring page is pictured on the lower half of the photo.
My first Coloring Book is almost ready!!
This is a photo of the front and back cover of my very first Coloring Book, "Botanimals" where plants and animals illustrate whimsical relationships to one another. I have fun with a bit of wordplay throughout the book and I hope you will enjoy my hand-drawn illustrations designed for all ages to enjoy! I also have included several pattern pages which can be used as gift wrap, envelope liners, Origami objects or anything else you can think of!
Stay tuned for the final product coming soon on Amazon!
My first Coloring Book is now available on Amazon!!
Here it is!!! My very first coloring book! Hard to believe it is a reality after so many long hours of drawing, scanning, editing, photoshopping, etc. Click on the link below to purchase. It would make a great gift to anyone who loves coloring plus I have woven a subtle theme throughout which has to do with both plants and animals. You may even learn something new with my book!
I drew this for one of my after school Origami projects where we made a PUGoda for Chinese New Year, year of the Dog! :-)
Paulista Brazilian Restaurant Coloring and Activity Sheet
I designed and illustrated a local restaurant's coloring and activity sheet full of animals and some traditional Brazilian foods. It was a lot of fun and a lot of work!
Photography is the means by which I get my inspiration for making my drawings so it has become a secondary obsession for me. I take mainly Macro shots since it is the tiny details of a petal or leaf which rouse my passions most. If I could climb inside a flower, I would!
I use a Nikon D90 camera and a macro lens most of the time. It is an old camera but I think it takes lovely photos and I hope you will enjoy browsing through my gallery and take a moment to experience those details yourself!
Rock Quarry Beach, Kauai, HI
Beautiful place....I long for it still...
The road to nowhere
Kauai, HI...one of many roads which I wasn't sure would be the "right one" but this one was!
My son jumping off of the pier at Hanalei Bay at sunset...our last evening in paradise.
Limahuli Botanic Gardens, Kauai, HI
Paradise on earth...
Lighthouse, Kauai, HI
Fun visit to the lighthouse on the North Shore of Kauai, HI.
Magnificent Tree Bark!
I am obsessed with tree bark as there as many different patterns, textures and colors as there are people in the world! Enjoy!
Grapevine in Napa
This is a view from underneath the grapevines at a friend's vineyard in Napa. I couldn't resist the colors and textures and how they were all organized.
Omi's Farm, Napa
Beautiful place, beautiful time.
These lovely feathers were all plucked off of the ground during a very "featherful" weekend!
First Friday exhibit in Oakland, March 2019
These are my mixed media “BotaniGALS” framed and ready for the art show!
Here are the finished "wings" for the "Exquisite Corpse" show.
The piece on the right was made from a vintage wedding dress and my colored pencil "wing" is on the left.
This is a piece in Colored Pencil which is a fusion of a leaf and an insect wing.
It was made for my part of an "Exquisite Corpse" show where I collaborated with another artist friend.
This is my half of the "wings".
"Exquisite Corpse" show
The buck (top) and corset with ribs (second from top) illustrations are mine.
I was joined in this project with good friend and fellow artist, Palesa Nicolini, textile designer. Over a span of 3 months we worked on our individual pieces blindly, not knowing in the least what our counterpart was creating. We only alluded to the media we were using and left it at that. We came together shortly before the show to expose our individual parts of the project and the rest is art!
The Fox and the Rabbit
Here are more completed "exquisite corpse" pieces for the Open Studios show at Norton Factory Studios, June 2016.
"Exquisite Corspe" Friends
The illustrations are mine, all in colored pencil with the exception of adding some metallic paint to the lower, right penguin feet composition.
Our wall of fame at Norton Factory Studios
This is the side view of the show at Norton Factory Studios, June 2016.
The show was a grand success and we sold many pieces!
I sold a ton of my archival prints that I made of my illustrations which are available for purchase on my ETSY site:
Turing's Echo exhibit at Pro Arts, Oakland, January 2017
This was my part of another collaborative project with fellow textile artist, Palesa Nicolini.
The line art drawing is my own and then I gave it to 5 of my friends to render it however they chose. The idea was to try to put together a final piece which was similar to a mass-produced finished product but each of the pieces of the whole was individually rendered. It is likened to the Andy Warhol theme.
My coloring page made from this drawing is found on my website in the "Coloring Pages" section.
Turing's Echo Exhibit, Oakland , January 2017
This is the final piece shown here with the textiles my artist partner, Palesa Nicolini contributed to the project. She designed the pattern for the blouses and gave the patterns to four of her friends who then used whatever fabrics, embellishments, sewing techniques they saw fit.
Cigar box paintings for Open Studios at Norton factory Studios Winter 2017
This was my exhibit at Norton Factory Studios for Winter 2017. It was a lot of work painting all of those critters onto re-claimed cigar boxes but it was a big success!
Mixed Media Paintings
These are my mixed media paintings in acrylics, gouache, and watercolor. I enjoy the feel and texture of so many art supplies that mixed media is the way of life for me!
As a self-taught artist I have spent countless hours, weeks, and months experimenting with a wide variety of media so it just feels right to go this route.
My journey is not over, however, and I try to paint or draw everyday! I hope you enjoy my work!
I am available for commissions of any subject so contact me for inquiries! I also teach Colored Pencil workshops locally which can be found in the Drawing/Painting Workshops section of my website!
One of my original bird portraits I painted in acrylics for an upcoming Open Studios art show in June 2017.
This is another one of my acrylic painting bird portraits I made for an upcoming art show for the Open Studios 2017.
Ornamental Hawk Eagle
One of my original acrylic paintings of a bird head for an upcoming Open Studios in June 2017.
White feathered Cockatiel
Another bird portrait I painted in preparation for my upcoming Open Studios in June 2017.
Bird portrait acrylic paintings
I printed my bird portraits onto cards but don't worry...there is no specific "pecking"order. :-)
Series of Cockatiel portraits for art show
I am working on a bunch of bird head paintings for an upcoming art project in June 2017 and this is my work in progress.
Copy a Master: Georgia O'Keefe Painting in acrylic paint
I took an art class on "copy a master" of my choice. I chose Georgia O'Keefe as she is my inspiration for all things art-ful!
This is my finished art piece in acrylics! Layer, layer, layer!!
Drawing in acrylic markers, pastel pencils
My cat, Kuni
drawing on Yupo paper in acrylic markers
Cigar Box Paintings
Russian Fox in acrylics on a cigar box
This is a painting in acrylics of a Russian Fox nestled among some turquoise lichen and violet-colored tree bark.
Wolf in acrylics on a cigar box
Another one of my cigar box pieces in acrylics atop a collaged photograph of tree bark with lichen.
Rabbit in acrylics on a cigar box
Painting of a rabbit profile in acrylics atop a collaged photograph of tree bark.
A Bat in acrylics on a cigar box
This is a "flying fox" (bat) in acrylics painted onto the collaged surface of a photograph of tree bark.
Brown bat in acrylic painted on a cigar box
This is one in a series of woodland animals I painted for an Open Studios exhibit in Oakland. The moon is one of my bark photographs which I used as the background for the moon.
Barn Owl in acrylics on a cigar box
This is a painting of a barn owl in acrylicsalong with a cut up collaged background photograph of tree bark.
Downy Woodpeckers in acrylics on a cigar box
These are two sweet downy woodpeckers painted in acrylics on top of a background of a photograph of some lichen. The backgroundwas collaged onto the top of a cigar box.
A coloful Bee Eater bird painted in acrylic on a cigar box lid
This is another bird I painted for my cigar box series using acrylic paints but this time only using a lid as the canvas.
Toucan in acrylic paint on a cigar box lid
This is another bird I painted for my cigar box series using only the lid this time.
Hummingbird in acrylic paint on a cigar box lid
This is another bird I painted for my cigar box series using the lid as the canvas.
Brown Bear painted in acrylics on a cigar box
This is a sweet bear I painted onto a cigar box incorporating one of my tree bark photographs as the background. This is one in a series of cigar box woodland animals.
Deer in acrylics on a cigar box
This gentle buck is another one of my cigar box paintings which I made for Open Studios in Oakland. The background is one of my tree bark photographs used as the background.
Floral Scratchboard Art with colored pencil
This is one of my drawings using scratchboard as my media.
Hibiscus in macro view on Scratchboard and colored pencil
This is another floral-themed scratchboard piece using colored pencil to add some subtle color. I love how it glows as the underneath scratches have a silvery feel to them.
Prairie Chicken on scratchboard with acrylic paint
A cute prairie chicken presents himself on scratchboard with acrylic paint!
Bad-ass Rooster on Scratchboard and acrylic paint
This Rooster was my first use of acrylic paints on scratchboard and I think it worked out well!
Polish Rooster on scratchboard
These roosters are so unique and beautiful I HAD to render one on my scratchboard along with acrylic markers and colored pencil.
Rooster on Scratchboard
Another rooster on scratchboard with acrylic paint. I scratched out some white feathers throughout the acrylic paint for some variation in texture.
Rooster portrait on scratchboard
Rooster close up on scratchboard with acrylic paint. I loved this guy’s details and had fun scratching him out with a touch of acrylic paint for some color.
Chicken feet #2
Chicken feet on scratchboard and acrylic paint with one falling feather.
Rooster #2 on scratchboard
Another rooster on scratchboard with acrylic paint.
Chicken feet on scratchboard with acrylic paint
I added acrylic paint to my scratchboard for more visual interest and experimentation.
Feathers on scratchboard
I love how the scratchboard can discern fine lines so easily. I added a touch of colored pencil throughout for a little pop.
Swedish black rooster on scratchboard
I LOVE black roosters! This one done on scratchboard with colored pencil and acrylic markers.
Chickens and flowers
A series I made for Open Studios 2018 using scratchboard and acrylic markers.
Portraits of people
These are mostly people from an online source, Sktchy, whose photos I have access to as a member of this wonderful artist community. Some of the people I DO know and they are friends and family members. Either way, the human face has fast become one of my favorite subjects to render and I hope you will enjoy my travels as I explore one of the most difficult drawing challenges of my own artistic world.