Public Art Mural Commission on shipping container for the city of Hastings in Minnesota. The concept for this artwork was developed through the inspiration of Audubon’s Birds of America. Our current series explores the connection to nature along with the historical elements that make up the fabric of our heritage. I created this artwork with my partner Amir Shakir. We have a mural team called The Color Dreamers where we produce art together. This was our latest artwork .Read More
This artwork is for the heroic warrior Joan of Arc.
Archival ink, marker, charcoal and gold leaf on paper
Just finished my latest drawing based off the historical Joan of Arc. She is also known as The Maid of Orleans, but she was a warrior who led an army so we'll give her a proper title "The Martyr of Orleans".
Joan of Arc was burned at the stake after leading an army of men to fight her to recover France from English domination late in the Hundred Years' War. The uncrowned King Charles VII sent Joan to the siege of Orléans as part of a relief mission. .
"The subjects for my work are women from various cultures. My research has led me to find important women who changed the course of history, sometimes by creating rituals to glorify certain women or by breaking all cultural barriers in a society that devalued their worth. As a woman, I feel that its important to represent and tell their story. In visual art, it is both important to convey powerful messages to the viewer and to represent a beauty which entices the viewer to search deeper. The subjects of my work are beautiful women. But what makes them beautiful is how we see the power of their presence reflected back at us". (woven tale press article here)
My work is a continuous rebellion against who society wants us to be vs. who we actually are and the battle has just begun.
The image always takes a while to develop and I must admit that sometimes I loose faith thinking I’ve ruined the artwork completely but patience does play a role in this watercolor process and as the watercolor paint dries the image slowly begins to reveal itself proving once more that the mind can play foolish games if one looses self-confidence.Read More