The White Beast : Studio Images : Updated 07:15:14

July 15th, 2014

The White Beast. Acrylic and glitter on panel, 12″x12″. Commission painting inspired by the band, Beasto Blanco.

The piece began with a pencil sketch directly on the panel.

Defining some dark areas with some Antique Gold paint.

Layered in some highlights with Titanium White.

Then I really began to develop the values to create the sense of volume.

At this point, I am not pleased with the horns, so after playing around with the image on my computer, I try a different orientation.

When I switched the horns around, i sanded the area, which left a strange glossy spot on the surface. I resolved this issue by adding a thin layer of black glitter. It covered that error and created a nice texture around the top of the skull.

Toned down the glitter and incorporated it into the surface more.

Still not happy with the horns, so I tried them in a dark value.

I really wanted the background to be dark, but I am not sure I like the dark horns against the dark background.

Brought in a blue glow to the interior of the mouth.

Finally concluded that the horns were horrible and needed a total revamp. I decided to play around with asymmetrical format.

Adding color to the horns made it possible to bring more color to the skull as if the horns are glowing and reflecting onto it.

The head is looking great, but now I hate the pile of “rocks” below it.

Contrasting textures with some fur.

A decent start, but the results were a little weak.

The first attempt was close, but not quite right. Getting closer now.

I am finally pleased with the the elements and work on fine tuning the textures and colors.

The finished piece!

Adventures in Bonadventure

July 15th, 2014

Some photos I took at the Bonadventure Cemetery in Savannah, GA.

Wedding in Savannah

July 15th, 2014

Some photos I took at my friend’s wedding in Savannah, GA, at the Dresser Palmer House and Mansion on Forsynth Park.

Announcement List : April

April 16th, 2014


BIG NEWS!: Starting June 13, 2014, I will be a full time artist! For those who live in Dayton, you may know me as the Gallery Coordinator for the Rosewood Gallery. I have really enjoyed my time at Rosewood and I will miss working with that terrific team, but this is a dream come true that I can not pass up!

CUSTOM ART POUCH!: Did you miss getting the pouch of your choice? I am doing another series!

WHAT CAN I GET YA?: Please join me on Monday, April 21st when I will be the Guest Bartender at Fifth Street Brewpub! All tips go to the SICSA Animal Shelter!

ART-RAGE-OUS: I will be participating in the Rage for Rights event at ArtStreet, during the 1World Celebration. In addition to the car that you can smash (for a small donation), I will be working LIVE from 7:30-9pm on a spontaneous painted creation.

URBAN DELI-GHTS: While you are out and about for Urban Nights, swing by the 5th Street Wine and Deli. I will have work on display through May!

YOU WEAR IT WELL: I have been playing around with some wearable art, Check it out!

CHEER FOR BEER!: Read about how I created the Pirogue and Incorruptible designs for Warped Wing Brewery.

EENY, MEENY, MINY, MOE: Excited to have been a juror again!

PICTURE PERFECT: I had fun getting my picture taken while helping out my friend Mary with her Spring Fashion Preview at Clash and hanging out with Bill Franz.

Amy Kollar Anderson

“You will never stub your toe standing still. The faster you go, the more chance there is of stubbing your toe, but the more chance you have of getting somewhere.” ~ Charles F. Kettering

“It is easy to follow, but it is uninteresting to do easy things. We find out about ourselves only when we take risks, when we challenge and question.” ~ Magdalena Abakanowicz

“Painting is made of a lot of little risks that pale in comparison to what real courage is all about.” ~ Cesar Girolamo

“You have to find something that you love enough to be able to take risks, jump over the hurdles and break through the brick walls that are always going to be placed in front of you. If you don’t have that kind of feeling for what it is you are doing, you’ll stop at the first giant hurdle.” ~ George Lucas

Sinclair Community College Student Show

April 10th, 2014

I recently juried the Sinclair Community College Student Art Exhibit. A great collection of works!




Custom Pouch Requests

April 10th, 2014


Did you get the handmade pouch you wanted? The first series completely sold out and I am getting ready to do another, this time made by me (after I get my training from the lovely ladies of Sew Dayton!) First I need to order the fabric. I can make a design from any of my paintings, so if you missed out on the design you wanted or did not see it created yet, Email Me! Also, please let me know if you would like the small (5″x6″ – $17) or large size (7″x 9″ – $26). So excited for this project! Thanks!

Fashion Fun with Photographer Bill Franz and Clash Dayton

April 7th, 2014

I recently met with Bill Franz, the creator of Dayton at Work and Play. I had just had my hair colored by Drea Naschke and found this amazing dress at the Mad Hatter Estate Sale, so Bill and I decided to have some fun with color. He will be posting an artist feature on me in the coming weeks.


Ti helping with the alterations on my velvet dress.


Hanging out in the living room with the Addams Family and Boo.


In the studio with my skeleton, Roger.


And a candid shot, minus the color.


And finally, a shot by Charlie Gast at the Clash Dayton Spring Fashion photo shoot.

Hand Painted Jewelry Inspired by Photographers

April 7th, 2014

Recently, I contacted some talented photographers and asked if I could use their work as inspiration for my paintings. I was not sure what that work would entail at the time, but I found so many amazing images that really motivated me to create. At the same time, I have been throwing around this idea of making wearable art. After experimenting with techniques and concepts, I have finally created one that really makes me happy.

The inspiration for this piece came from The House of Velvet, by Tracy Fowler and Victoria Velvet. Check them out on Model Mayhem or Facebook.


The House of Velvet specializes in retro/vintage photography that features custom and vintage props, sets, and Victoria Velvet costumes. The model is Sarah Kristin.


I started with a pencil sketch on a piece of pine that I cut out with a jewelers saw.


For the back panel, I started a layered abstract piece.


Adding paint to the pencil drawing.


And a layer of Pourable Medium to the abstract.


I have a thing for green and I really think it is flattering for skin tones.


Since I am new to working on such small images, I am experimenting with how to set up my work area. Here I am trying some velcro to attach the piece to my easel. It definitely saved my hands a lot of grief, but my back was not thrilled. I think I have a resolution for the next time.


Here is the back panel, positioned in the two-sided case.


And the face panel. I am still finalizing the finishing elements, like what type of cord to use. The piece measures just over 2″ tall. I am really excited to try some more and eventually have them available for sale.

Incorruptible Design for Warped Wing Brewery

April 7th, 2014

Incorruptible is my third design for Warped Wing Brewery.

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My first thought for the design was inspired by the concept of Incorruptibility. I was thinking of making an angel with warped wings. We decided it was not the right vibe, and went a completely different route.

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Who is incorruptible? I really like how the devil prompted this question.

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With the sketch approved, I began drawing and finally inking the design.

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Boo was extra helpful with this one and he kept my lap warm through the chilly inking process.

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His face was just how I had imagined and I was very pleased with how his hair curled like the ornamentation on a currency bill, but the bill itself…meh!

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I had him digitized and tried this design, but we had lost all of the currency vibe and it was back to the drawing board.

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I roughed out a sketch for a more direct interpretation of the concept and went back to work. Apparently, I have issues spelling “Belgian!”

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Sometimes a sketch and the drawing are worlds apart! I was smitten with this dapper gentleman, but after some discussion, it was decided that it felt too much like a portrait and not enough like a bill. Plus, he was a little too creepy. A combo of the two would work, if only…

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I love working with artist materials, like pencils and ink pens, but sometimes computers really save the day! I returned to the original design and drew out the rest of his head.

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Then I inked some of the new design.

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I was not thrilled with his dark, closely trimmed haircut, so I drew a sort of toupee to add to the drawing.

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I also drew a few extra elements to add to the background. Some of these elements ended up being cropped out for the table toppers, but they are there if they ever want to do a poster or other items with the design.

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Incorruptible was just tapped on April 3, 2014, but it will not be around for long. It is a serious spring delight! Grab one and see up close how the two designs came together!

Pirogue Design for Warped Wing Brewery

April 7th, 2014

Pirogue is my second design for Warped Wing Brewery.


Each design starts out with a proposal phase. I like to keep these drawings fairly simple, with enough info to see if they like the concept. For this beer, I started with three sketches. It was decided that humans made the most sense for this beer, but the birds may play a role in a future design.


This beer is a Black Tripel and a collaboration between three Dayton companies, Warped Wing Brewery, Press Coffee Bar and Wood Burl Coffee Roasters. With three being a prominent element, I wanted the design to reenforce that theme.


I tried several versions of three people in a boat.


This version still cracks me up! I modeled the man on the right after Vincent Price, to give it more of a dark vibe, but the trio look as if they will break out in song at any moment. I suppose some people would find that terrifying!


At one point, I had proposed this concept of three figures and the Dayton sky line in the background.


It was turned down initially while we tried a different route. This image was inspired by a drawing of Dayton’s first settlers. The settlers traveled North from Cincinnati by Pirouge (a flat bottom boat).


The last design was too “Little House on the Prairie,” so I decided to revisit the men and the Dayton skyline. They just needed proper boating attire!


Since the beer was a Black Tripel, I knew I wanted the design to be dark, a night scene. The original is drawn in pen.


The night sky rendered in pointillism.


Once the drawing was digitized and tweaked, it had a lovely woodcut feel and I was very pleased.


But what about the beer? This is a limited release, but I sure do hope they bring it back! I dare say that I like it a bit more than the delicious 10 Ton Oatmeal Stout! Yum!