"Fire Road" a new painting in the "Art of Freedom" Collection. Abstract PoP art, almost Dr Seuss like, is part of my eco-conscious series MAD Wonderland. All about bringing awareness to the plight of our planet through colorful, joyful, beautiful art. 15% of the sale of this painting "Fire Road" (and all paintings in the MAD Wonderland series) will be donated to the Global Wildlife Conservation, an organization I have collaborated with, and contribute to, to help “conserve the diversity of life on Earth".
These paintings all have a nature theme to them, whether it be funky trees, birds floating about or a sunset spreading rays of joyous light throughout the painting. Conservation and environmentalism are serious subjects that we all need to be aware of and do our part to preserve the beauty and life giving source our planet provides. But, at the same time, I want to create art that portrays this beautiful world we get to call home, in a joyful, uplifting way through bright, bold colors and just a happy, almost dancing vibe with the art. We should feel good about helping to take care of our home, and my way is by creating joyful art to share with the world and give back through my art.
To see all of the original paintings available in this collection, and the entire MAD Wonderland Series, click HERE.
I grew up off grid, in one of the most beautiful, wildest places on the planet, the Alaskan Wilderness. The Tongass National Forest to be precise, the largest remaining old growth temperate rainforest in the world. Tongass is home to not only my family, and myself when I visit every summer, but to so many species of beautiful creatures, from brown bears, wolves to bald eagles...and the glorious trees, sooooo many trees! I have a bit of an obsession with trees as you might be able to tell from all my art, haha :) One of my earliest memories was of sitting on my dads shop overlooking the bay where Humpbacks and Orcas frequented, and was struck by a lone black silhouette of a barren tree contrasted against all the lush greenery of the living trees around it. I sat and sketched that tree over and over again for hours, something about it captured my attention and I've been fascinated with trees in my art ever since.
When I heard the Trump administration opened up 9 million acres of the Tongass National Forest to development a few months ago, ie clear cutting, I was beyond upset. This forest is a national treasure and needs to be protected and preserved for future generations to enjoy, for the animals that inhabit it, and for the carbon cleaning resource it provides to not just the United States, but for the entire planet. I will personally be reaching out to President Biden to repeal this order and hope that the lawsuits that have been leveled against the order will also put an end to it and leave these old growth trees, some up to 800 years old, to continue to provide homes for wildlife, indigenous populations and help control climate change.
Only a few miles from where I grew up, and now have my own tiny Alaskan Island (MAD Island), they clear cut the mountains a few years back and it's just depressing to pass by it and see the total devastation. The photo below is just a glimpse of what it looks like, imagine this over 9 million acres...and it takes years and years for it to recover back to what it once was.
"The Tongass is the biggest national forest in the U.S. and arguably one of the biggest tools in our arsenal to confront climate change.
In keeping with my efforts to live a more eco friendly, sustainable lifestyle, I switched from using plastic plates as my paint palettes to a traditional artists palette. The old palettes would just get thrown away, a compilation of acrylic paint piled onto plastic, basically something that would never deteriorate and just add to the pile of plastics proliferating landfills. By using these new palettes I can avoid any kind of disposal issues at all by turning them into a two sided original work of art, that will basically last forever! A win-Win! One side is an abstract mosh up of the colors I used to paint with, this one even has some spots of glitter on it for a little extra sparkle :) The other side I paint an actual painting, so you have two options to display your art. It comes with a little easel to display, or you could hang the abstract side through the finger area, the other side would be kind of lop sided if hung up. It is also coated on both sides with art resin to add extra sheen, depth and make the colors just pop!!
15% of the sale of this painting "Home Sweet Home" will be donated to the Global Wildlife Conservation, an organization I have collaborated with, and contributed to in the past, to help “conserve the diversity of life on Earth".
I've been following the plight of the Northern White Rhino for several years, and was deeply saddened when the last surviving male Sudan, passed away in 2018. Leaving behind only two females left in the world, neither of whom is capable of bearing children, even though Sudans sperm had been preserved before his death. There is hope though, as recently scientists created 5 viable embryos from the sperm, and the eggs of the two remaining females, Najin and Fatu. The plan is to impregnate Southern White Rhino (close relative species) surrogates with the embryos and bring the Northern White Rhino species back from the brink of extinction. It's a risky process, but one that could be used to save other species as well if this goes as planned.
The photo of the armed guards watching over Sudan 24/7 has haunted me since the first time I saw it. That we as humans would push a species to extinction through greed is incomprehensible to me, and that only with it's dying breath, humans decide to finally step in and do something.
The problem is, humans need to be proactive and NOT force extinction on any species, ever, we have not right to do so. The Northern White Rhino is at this stage due solely to the greed of humans and the harvesting of the Rhinos horns, and now scientists are rushing for a way to try to save the species at the last hour. This is the story of far too many endangered animals on the planet, forced to the point of extinction by humans, and then humans have to come to the rescue. We are better than this, and need to end the needless slaughter of animals for human consumption, and the greed of profit. Once all of these animals are gone, they won't come back, and then where will we be?
In Keeping with my efforts to minimize my carbon footstep and live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle I've started using Canson recyclyed Bristol Paper. "Never Give Up" is created on their 19"x24" paper and the original painting is offered for sale HERE.
15% of the sale of this painting "Never Give Up" will be donated to the Global Wildlife Conservation, an organization I have collaborated with, and contributed to in the past, to help “conserve the diversity of life on Earth
I've had lots of different versions of my art tattooed onto fans and collectors alike, and it is always such a great honor to me. For someone to want to permanently place a piece of my art on their body is the best compliment as an artist I can ever receive, nothing can top that! So, when I found out that my daughter and a group of her friends all decided to tattoo my symbol "Embrace the Chaos" all at the same time I was completely blown away! And to know that a celebrity of Marc Anthonys level of fame also received the tattoo at this "tattoo party" was such a thrill! Unknowingly hundreds of thousands of his fans have seen the tattoo, but I know, and am so amazed that he wanted to add this symbol to his collection of tattoos. And incidentally his tattoo artist friend, Rafael Valdez, was there creating the tattoos, and got one as well :)
The "Embrace the Chaos" symbol is part of my enlightenment series where I have created a new set of symbols that empower us to find inspiration in everything around us. MAD symbols are each designed with the intention to inspire and empower. Enso, the familiar circle of enlightenment, was the main source of inspiration for all of the circle symbols, and of course I added in my own special MAD touch. The "Embrace the Chaos" symbol is about accepting what we cannot control, and instead controlling how we react. Things are going to happen in all of our lives that create chaos and uncertainty, but we cannot let it control us, or let it bring us down. We have to rise above and embrace it and know that it will be short lived; the chaos does not define us, we do.
Here are some other sources of inspiration and what they mean and how they are applied to my custom symbol designs below:
ZIBU | 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.
CELTIC | 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 | 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.
If you would ever like to use any of these symbols as a tattoo please let me know and I would be happy to give permission, and would love to see the finished work!
It's that time of year! We start looking for the perfect Christmas decorations and want to add something unique and fun to our tree to commemorate each year, and well 2020 is no exception, and even though I think many of us would like to erase it from our memory, haha, it will always be a stand out year for many reasons. So, why not add something special like a handpainted original Christmas tree art ornament to remember 2020!
Many of the ornaments that have been created so far can also be customized on one side such as the one above with the date. I can also add a name or anything that would fit in a 3" wide space on the heart shape. To see all of the fun, whimsical and colorful Christmas art ornaments from the Queen of Hearts...ME! visit www.madartdesigns.com