Coqui Coo Coo : Acrylic, gel medium, and glitter on panel : 38" x 26" : 2013 : Collection of L. Peaden. Studio Images 

Coqui Coo Coo : Acrylic, gel medium, and glitter on panel : 38" x 26" : 2013 : Collection of L. Peaden. Studio Images 

If you are envisioning something with a Surreal twist, decorative details, lush color, textural elements or fanciful creatures...let's work together to make your vision come to life for that special person or place in your home! 

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Tree portraits are one of my favorite paintings concepts to create. Trees are a timeless way to express a variety of emotions and personalities. I am particularly drawn to trees with an Asian aesthetic, with their unique sense of balance, twisting limbs and colorful foliage, they can illustrate numerous concepts while being beautiful to look upon. The painting above, Coqui Coo Coo, was a portrait of the woman who commissioned it and featured a Coqui frog, a Coo Coo bird and a spilled glass of wine. Twist of Fate is a life story with animals representing the couple. The painting, Lightness, represents strength and freedom combined with some personal items. I love it when the patrons share photos of their painting in it's new home! 

Twist of Fate : 3' x 7' : Acrylic, glitter and tacks on linen covered panel : 2017 : Collection of D. Deramo and L. Schultz

Twist of Fate : 3' x 7' : Acrylic, glitter and tacks on linen covered panel : 2017 : Collection of D. Deramo and L. Schultz

Lightness : Acrylic, rice paper, gold foil and glitter on canvas : 24" x 30" : 2012 : Collection of S. Craig and T. Leech : Studio Images 

Lightness : Acrylic, rice paper, gold foil and glitter on canvas : 24" x 30" : 2012 : Collection of S. Craig and T. Leech : Studio Images 

The White Beast : Acrylic and glitter on panel : 12" x 12" : 2014 : Collection of C. Garric : Studio Images 

The White Beast : Acrylic and glitter on panel : 12" x 12" : 2014 : Collection of C. Garric : Studio Images 

Surreal Animals are also a favorite subject matter of mine. Even if the animal is fairly realistic, I like to give them a little twist. Animals can capture the essence of an individual or idea without the human form. The Gift was created by working with the groom combing elements he and his bride enjoyed and incorporating their wedding date into the painting. The White Beast was a commissioned gift created for a musician friend. Hummus Paddus was inspired by another artist's work and then traded as payment. 

The Gift : acrylic on canvas : 16" x 34" : 2005 : Collection of D. & M. Clark 

The Gift : acrylic on canvas : 16" x 34" : 2005 : Collection of D. & M. Clark 

Hummus Paddus : 10" x 16" : 2014 : Collection of C. and K. Longley : Studio Images

Hummus Paddus : 10" x 16" : 2014 : Collection of C. and K. Longley : Studio Images

Bella (detail) : acrylic on panel : 11" x 14" : Collection of A. G-Frey

Bella (detail) : acrylic on panel : 11" x 14" : Collection of A. G-Frey

Human Portraits can be a lot of fun too, just keep in mind that my humans tend to have a stylized look to them, even when fairly representational. I like this dreamy quality to my people and really love when the portrait combines gorgeous decorative elements, like Wear Violet, a memorial portrait. All You Need is Love, was a super fun commission gift for his daughter who was graduating from Podiatry school that combined so many of her favorite elements, including her dog into a Young Frankenstein inspired piece. Mikey's Girl is a fictional character inspired by a writer the patron enjoyed and created with a palette of just three colors. We Are All Mad Here was a fun anthropomorphic painting collaboration. 

All You Need is Love : Acrylic on canvas : 12" x 14" : 2015 : Collection of C. Molla : Time Lapse Video

All You Need is Love : Acrylic on canvas : 12" x 14" : 2015 : Collection of C. Molla : Time Lapse Video

Wear Violet : Acrylic on canvas : 18" x 30" Collection of J. and R. Chasteen 

Wear Violet : Acrylic on canvas : 18" x 30" Collection of J. and R. Chasteen 

We Are All Mad Here : Collaboration with Robert Walker : Acrylic on canvas : 16" x 20" : 2015 : Collection of R. Walker : Studio Images 

We Are All Mad Here : Collaboration with Robert Walker : Acrylic on canvas : 16" x 20" : 2015 : Collection of R. Walker : Studio Images 

Mickey's Girl : Acrylic on canvas : 20" x 38" : 2007 : Collection of S. Lazdinis

Mickey's Girl : Acrylic on canvas : 20" x 38" : 2007 : Collection of S. Lazdinis