I wanted to share this photo I received from one of my collectors who purchased my art on metal from my licensing partner All My Walls. What's really cool, and unique, about the way they do their metal prints is that they actually hand sand each piece, and that's what creates the amazing looking rays shooting out from the sun/moon orb in this print of "Aqua Burn"...isn't it stunning?!!
You can see all of these designs & many others they have available on metal art at www.allmywalls.com
As long as I can remember I have been drawn to art and have always had a pencil or brush in hand, it is undeniably who I am and my art comes from the very depths of my soul. When I look at any of my art from over the years I feel enveloped with a sense of "coming home" as thought the art will safely wrap me in a comforting embrace and brings a feeling of calm and peace.
As the years have passed my art has evolved into deeper, more meaningful and thought provoking work. I feel drawn to create art that is bold and fun at first appearance, but when delved into one will find there is more going on than just pleasing colors and composition. Within the art there are symbols that foster positivity and hope, that provide the viewer with a feeling of strength and the fulfillment of dreams.
As an artist I want my art to have meaning and inspire viewers to be the best version of themselves, to reach deep within and find the strength and character to be who they were meant to be. As I paint each new painting I am finding within my own self that I can do so much more than what I ever thought possible, that only my thoughts hold me back, and to learn to always turn those thoughts to the positive. My new art is teaching me that I am in control of my future, of whether or not my dreams come true, and of how my legacy of art will be perceived; and I hope with each brushstroke everyone who sees my art can find that same power within and be inspired to embrace their life and choices and go out and inspire and empower others through the power of "Art that Colors the Soul".
All the Best,
As you may have noticed over the past couple of years, I use more and more symbols in my art, some more subtle than others. They are particularly obvious in my Abstract and EMPOWERED collections of paintings and drawings. I want to share with you many of the symbols that you will see repeatedly used throughout my art as well as their meanings. Some of the symbols are well know and others are one's that I've created myself that provide a particular mood and feeling to the artwork that lends to the positive, uplifting and inspiring message I hope my artwork always invokes.
You will also notice that some of the traditional symbols have been slightly modified to fit in with my own personal style :) Like arrows added onto the end of straight lines, flip flopping the symbols, adding additional lines and outlines, etc. I've also taken symbols from numerous different religions, mythologies, and more...because I like to use that which fits in with the theme and mood of each painting.
Some of the different sources and definitions from where I gather symbolic inspirations.
Means "listen within" from the zibu angelic language of symbols. Zibu angelic symbols were created by Debbie Zylstra Almstedt during a Reiki session in 2002. She claimed to have experienced a communication from a group of Angelic Guides. Each Zibu Angelic Symbol is an interpretation of a message from Angelic Guides. A seemingly sub category of Celtic symbolism.
For centuries, Celtic symbols and signs held incredible power for the ancient Celts in every way of life.
The word "Celtic" refers to people who lived in Britain and Western Europe from 500 BC and 400 AD. Celts were of the Iron Age and lived in small villages which were led by warrior chiefs.
The written records remaining from the Celts of Europe are scant, therefore signs and symbols can be hard to determine and trace. Many facts come by way of the Romans, who conquered the Celtic lands during the rise of the Roman Empire.
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
I will be working on creating some of the symbols associated with Chakra soon!
Many of these different teachings and ways of life overlap one another as they have throughout the centuries. You will see these, and others as I find, and create, new inspirational symbols throughout my artwork. I hope you enjoy looking for them and feeling inspired by the energy and life that they provide through my art. I will add to this blog post as new symbols are introduced into my art.
I'm very excited to announce my newest gallery partnership with the Ocean Art Gallery in Flagler Beach, Fl! I've been following Ocean Art on social media and have been impressed with their display of diverse artists who compliment each other and the gallery itself. I knew I had to meet with the owner Frank and discuss representation and I'm excited to say I will be joining their amazing roster of artists! Nothing can compare to seeing artwork up close and in person and I believe Ocean Art Gallery is the perfect place in Flagler County, and the surrounding area, for collectors and new fans to see my original PoP Art Style paintings, including "Ocean Fury" shown here.
So if you are in the North East Coast Area of Florida (Flagler Beach, Daytona Beach, St Augustine, etc.) or planning a visit, be sure to stop by and see my art in person, the staff is super friendly and amazingly helpful!
Ocean Art Gallery: 206 Moody Blvd.(SR 100), Flagler Beach, FL 32136
Today isn't just about being a feminist and fighting for our rights and freedoms, it's about empowering all women to believe in themselves and the choices they make. We can't know every womans situation, what struggles she goes through each and every day, but we can support all women and be a support system for one another.
As women we do have unique issues and struggles that men will never experience, whether it is physical, emotional or put upon us by society. In order to overcome or be able to safely and unapologetically deal with these issues we need to be there for each other, open our eyes and hearts to understand the challenges other women face, even if not what we are personally dealing with. Women in Arab countries have different struggles than women in Asian countries, and women in America have different issues that are important to them than women in Africa, we all are different, but at the same time we are all Women and need to be there for one another.
Most importantly we need to raise our young women to be strong, independent, and kind hearted, to not allow others to determine the course of their future or to force them into slavery or abuse at the hands of someone physically stronger than them, we can overcome that with education and empathy. We each can stand up for ourselves and for other women at the same time. Each and every time we speak out against misogyny and the oppression of women in any situation we are standing up for someone who may not be able to, we are empowering women to believe in themselves and fight for what is important to them. Even if their goals as a woman and their fight is different than yours, it is no less important and we all deserve to have a voice.
Today is a day to honor ALL women, not just the women we agree with politically, but all women across the world. Let's be a support system that we can turn to at any time of need, no matter what that need is, I encourage you to open your heart and your mind to women voicing their concerns, to really listen to what they are saying and why they feel the need to speak out. Let today be the start of a new era where women truly support one another as women, not as a political talking point; let us be here for one another and every day hereafter ~ We are Strong, We are United and We are Women!!