Stockholm Syndrome
Stockholm Syndrome

An image from my on-going Addiction series

The piece has a dual perspective. The subject can be viewed as either the Addict or the loved one of the Addict - either way a person held captive begins to identify with and grow sympathetic to their captor & unsympathetic & maybe resentful toward those who try to help. They would rather be trapped in their damaging and dangerous relationship with either the addict or addictive substance rather than free themselves. The cage is open.

(Self Portrait)

Dangerous Fixation
Dangerous Fixation

An image in my on-going series on Addiction:

She is completely oblivious to the dangers that draw her in, she hangs by a thread on a swing lost in her seemingly euphoric feeling. Because she doesn’t realize she’s in danger, she turns away from the “Light” - this could be likened to Denial.

(Self Portrait)

Survivor
Survivor

An image from my on-going series on Addiction.

A destructive force raging within the bottle & w/i the self. Fighting her way out; dangling, exhausted from her fight. But she's not

completely out. The battle with Addiction is an ongoing fight. A choice must be made. The gull in this piece has a dual symbolism - it changes its meaning from freedom and carefree security to

destruction @ the hands of a loved one .here the supposed loved one is herself &/or the Addiction. It symbolizes freedom at first and then dependence.

Bound To Delusion
Bound To Delusion

An image in my on-going series on Addiction.

She is fighting, clawing her way out of her delusions - a bad trip... “Entrapped” in her Addiction... in her panic & manic state she doesn’t see that the key/solution/help is just within her grasp.

Rotting Fruit
Rotting Fruit

An image in my on-going series on Addiction.

Depicts the rotting of not only our bodies but also our minds, our lives & our personalities when caught in the grip of an addictive substance. Pears are known in art to bestow health & wisdom - here the pear is depicted as ulcerous & rotting. I put a little bit of hope in the image by photographing the rotting pear w/ a bee. Call upon the bee spirit animal when you need help communicating with other people, you question whether you are aligned with your goals in life, or you wish to heed your inner voice or wisdom.

(Self Portrait)

Enablers
Enablers

An image in my on-going series on Addiction.

This one is from the perspective of the Enablers - we may not even realize we are enabling an addict. Depicted in this image are the eyes of people who have lost a loved one to the grip of an addiction. They’ve poured their love, time & energy into them however unfortunately, & unbeknownst fueling the addiction & keeping them in their euphoria.

Acquaintance of Self
Acquaintance of Self

Become transparent to yourself and learn who you truly are - inside and out. Come to an acceptance of your flaws and learn to love them - they are the reason you are who you are - they are what make you unique and special. You are beautiful!

Saving Grace
Saving Grace

Dedicated to a sweet disheveled messenger boy from the angelic realm who provided me with a headlamp to light the path to my destiny. May we learn from our past but stay focused on our future.

(Self Portrait)

Empty Nest
Empty Nest

A little backstory on this image: I originally created this piece for an event celebrating "the beauty of the booty" in an effort to fight censorship in a conservative art district; however this piece has so much more meaning to me. This image also celebrates the beauty of the barren woman as in Sylvia Plath's "Barren Woman". The speaker, the "barren woman" of the poem describes her state as empty. She likens herself to a deserted space, a "museum without statues," at its center a fountain which, rather than issuing life, recycles its water, which "sinks back into itself."

Self Portrait

Azreal
Azreal

Azreal, the Angel of Death, prays to God to be told of her next "victim". Who will it be & for which side will they be fighting for? Azreal doesn't choose sides; she shows no prejudice.

Self Portrait & Prop Creation - Cloak created by myself - made of burgundy velvet & covered in tea stained pages of the Bible pertaining to war being justified.

Embers of Remembrance: A Gift from Memnosyne
Embers of Remembrance: A Gift from Memnosyne

Memnosyne - the Goddess of Memory. It is said that when you die, your memories are washed away. In this image, Memnosyne has granted a gift of lasting memory to a pair of star-crossed lovers. If you look closely, you will see 2 wispy figures in the doorway toward the back of the room holding hands as they unite in the afterlife.

Abandoned Doll
Abandoned Doll

Abandon negative ways of thinking or bad habits that cause us to feel abandoned by our loved ones or even ourselves

Self Portrait

Matchstick Island
Matchstick Island

This is a piece near and dear to my heart & probably the most emotional piece I have ever created. It's about letting go of what we fear to lose the most and keeping lit the light of faith that there will one day be a reunion. It's about loss, faith, patience, time, all of the emotions wrapped into waiting and uncertainty while telling yourself to just have faith and just believe.

Prop Creation - I created the closest matchstick island myself & then manipulated the remaining 4 in Photoshop.

Forlorn
Forlorn

Inspired by a song from Rahsaan Roland Kirk - Theme for the Eulipions - the lyric that states, "you wouldn't forget him either if you met him where I met him... talkin about Desolation. Desolation is a railroad station round about 2AM on a week night. You walk into Desolation like that & suddenly out of nowhere comes a warm song you aren't about to forget it."

State of Separation: The Sanctification of an Arch Angel
State of Separation: The Sanctification of an Arch Angel

The cleansing/purification process of the soul. Coming into the Light.

Self Portrait

Vicissitude
Vicissitude

A change of circumstance or fortune, typically one that is unwelcome or unpleasant - however necessary. We cling to the self we are accustomed to.

Model: Amber Matthews

Lion's Gate
Lion's Gate

Image created based off of the astrological event that occurred in August 2017 when there were 2 eclipses (a lunar eclipse then a total solar eclipse) - both in the sign of Leo creating what is called the Lion's Gate Portal. From July 26 - August 12, 2017 the planet Earth was bathed with 2 of the most powerful lights in the sky (sun & moon) sending intensified "light energy". This light energy is said to enhance spiritual awakenings, bring new insights or a new awareness & it can help to raise the consciousness of the planet. It is also important to note that this occurrence happened on August 8 or 88. In numerology, 8 is also a powerful number that represents infinity, power, divine, connection, rebirth & higher realms.

Strength of Heart and Will
Strength of Heart and Will

She is a warrior - she has seen "battle" yet shows no fear; she continues to meet adversity straight on in spite of her wounds. She screams.... "Do what you will!!! You will not break me!"

Self Portrait & Prop Creation (armored spine)

Photo Assistants: Emily Peat & Bobby Milo

F E A R L E S S
F E A R L E S S

She walks FEARLESS; finding herself, her inner strength, her confidence & her independence - she finds peace by the turbulent sea

Self Portrait

Umbrella Dream
Umbrella Dream

A dream inspired piece. To dream of flying umbrellas means: Caution - Fear - Protect your emotions - Danger - Defensiveness - Future

Self Portrait

Lost in Unconsciousness
Lost in Unconsciousness
Given To Fly
Given To Fly

Although weight of opposing forces holds you back... you feel in your soul that you are given to FLY!

Self Portrait

Preservation of Youth
Preservation of Youth

Going to whatever lengths necessary to hang on to youth - physical and spiritual. Always strive to keep a youthful spirit!

Self Portrait

Healer
Healer

Healer depicts the process of self awareness and the healing of the psyche... the opening of the 3rd eye - the gate that leads to inner realms & spaces of higher consciousness & intuition. When opening the 3rd eye, you become spiritually awake. Namaste

Self Portrait

Sanctuary
Sanctuary

The forest is my Sanctuary

Out of Darkness
Out of Darkness

Where once she had conformed to normalcy and a "punch in, punch out lifestyle" she now emerges a true creative being, full of new inspiration and a fresh view of the world around her.

Self Portrait & prop creation (head piece)

Message From Inside
Message From Inside

Look closely & you will find the message from inside.

Semantic Ambiguity
Semantic Ambiguity

Literally translates to the structure remains the same but the words are interpreted differently. My goal (the structure) remains constant whilst the ways/means of achieving it keeps shifting in fits & starts

Ascension
Ascension

Climb out of the safety of the cocoon, spread your wings, venture unafraid to a whole new world in a new form, trust in your untested wings without doubt - you will fly!

Self Portrait

Chrysalis Heart
Chrysalis Heart

A rebirth of a loving heart - one that can transcend over hatred and slander

Prop creation

Come Undone
Come Undone

A shell of your former self, you feel transparent, a ribbon in the sky. With a slight breeze, you fear you will cease to exist.

Self Portrait

Turning Away
Turning Away

Giving up of the of extravagance & the material to live a much more fulfilling simpler life. Getting back to much more natural, more primitive and raw place within the self.

Self Portrait

Woodland Fairytale
Woodland Fairytale

A celebration of whimsy and nature

Self Portrait

Stockholm Syndrome
Dangerous Fixation
Survivor
Bound To Delusion
Rotting Fruit
Enablers
Acquaintance of Self
Saving Grace
Empty Nest
Azreal
Embers of Remembrance: A Gift from Memnosyne
Abandoned Doll
Matchstick Island
Forlorn
State of Separation: The Sanctification of an Arch Angel
Vicissitude
Lion's Gate
Strength of Heart and Will
F E A R L E S S
Umbrella Dream
Lost in Unconsciousness
Given To Fly
Preservation of Youth
Healer
Sanctuary
Out of Darkness
Message From Inside
Semantic Ambiguity
Ascension
Chrysalis Heart
Come Undone
Turning Away
Woodland Fairytale
Stockholm Syndrome

An image from my on-going Addiction series

The piece has a dual perspective. The subject can be viewed as either the Addict or the loved one of the Addict - either way a person held captive begins to identify with and grow sympathetic to their captor & unsympathetic & maybe resentful toward those who try to help. They would rather be trapped in their damaging and dangerous relationship with either the addict or addictive substance rather than free themselves. The cage is open.

(Self Portrait)

Dangerous Fixation

An image in my on-going series on Addiction:

She is completely oblivious to the dangers that draw her in, she hangs by a thread on a swing lost in her seemingly euphoric feeling. Because she doesn’t realize she’s in danger, she turns away from the “Light” - this could be likened to Denial.

(Self Portrait)

Survivor

An image from my on-going series on Addiction.

A destructive force raging within the bottle & w/i the self. Fighting her way out; dangling, exhausted from her fight. But she's not

completely out. The battle with Addiction is an ongoing fight. A choice must be made. The gull in this piece has a dual symbolism - it changes its meaning from freedom and carefree security to

destruction @ the hands of a loved one .here the supposed loved one is herself &/or the Addiction. It symbolizes freedom at first and then dependence.

Bound To Delusion

An image in my on-going series on Addiction.

She is fighting, clawing her way out of her delusions - a bad trip... “Entrapped” in her Addiction... in her panic & manic state she doesn’t see that the key/solution/help is just within her grasp.

Rotting Fruit

An image in my on-going series on Addiction.

Depicts the rotting of not only our bodies but also our minds, our lives & our personalities when caught in the grip of an addictive substance. Pears are known in art to bestow health & wisdom - here the pear is depicted as ulcerous & rotting. I put a little bit of hope in the image by photographing the rotting pear w/ a bee. Call upon the bee spirit animal when you need help communicating with other people, you question whether you are aligned with your goals in life, or you wish to heed your inner voice or wisdom.

(Self Portrait)

Enablers

An image in my on-going series on Addiction.

This one is from the perspective of the Enablers - we may not even realize we are enabling an addict. Depicted in this image are the eyes of people who have lost a loved one to the grip of an addiction. They’ve poured their love, time & energy into them however unfortunately, & unbeknownst fueling the addiction & keeping them in their euphoria.

Acquaintance of Self

Become transparent to yourself and learn who you truly are - inside and out. Come to an acceptance of your flaws and learn to love them - they are the reason you are who you are - they are what make you unique and special. You are beautiful!

Saving Grace

Dedicated to a sweet disheveled messenger boy from the angelic realm who provided me with a headlamp to light the path to my destiny. May we learn from our past but stay focused on our future.

(Self Portrait)

Empty Nest

A little backstory on this image: I originally created this piece for an event celebrating "the beauty of the booty" in an effort to fight censorship in a conservative art district; however this piece has so much more meaning to me. This image also celebrates the beauty of the barren woman as in Sylvia Plath's "Barren Woman". The speaker, the "barren woman" of the poem describes her state as empty. She likens herself to a deserted space, a "museum without statues," at its center a fountain which, rather than issuing life, recycles its water, which "sinks back into itself."

Self Portrait

Azreal

Azreal, the Angel of Death, prays to God to be told of her next "victim". Who will it be & for which side will they be fighting for? Azreal doesn't choose sides; she shows no prejudice.

Self Portrait & Prop Creation - Cloak created by myself - made of burgundy velvet & covered in tea stained pages of the Bible pertaining to war being justified.

Embers of Remembrance: A Gift from Memnosyne

Memnosyne - the Goddess of Memory. It is said that when you die, your memories are washed away. In this image, Memnosyne has granted a gift of lasting memory to a pair of star-crossed lovers. If you look closely, you will see 2 wispy figures in the doorway toward the back of the room holding hands as they unite in the afterlife.

Abandoned Doll

Abandon negative ways of thinking or bad habits that cause us to feel abandoned by our loved ones or even ourselves

Self Portrait

Matchstick Island

This is a piece near and dear to my heart & probably the most emotional piece I have ever created. It's about letting go of what we fear to lose the most and keeping lit the light of faith that there will one day be a reunion. It's about loss, faith, patience, time, all of the emotions wrapped into waiting and uncertainty while telling yourself to just have faith and just believe.

Prop Creation - I created the closest matchstick island myself & then manipulated the remaining 4 in Photoshop.

Forlorn

Inspired by a song from Rahsaan Roland Kirk - Theme for the Eulipions - the lyric that states, "you wouldn't forget him either if you met him where I met him... talkin about Desolation. Desolation is a railroad station round about 2AM on a week night. You walk into Desolation like that & suddenly out of nowhere comes a warm song you aren't about to forget it."

State of Separation: The Sanctification of an Arch Angel

The cleansing/purification process of the soul. Coming into the Light.

Self Portrait

Vicissitude

A change of circumstance or fortune, typically one that is unwelcome or unpleasant - however necessary. We cling to the self we are accustomed to.

Model: Amber Matthews

Lion's Gate

Image created based off of the astrological event that occurred in August 2017 when there were 2 eclipses (a lunar eclipse then a total solar eclipse) - both in the sign of Leo creating what is called the Lion's Gate Portal. From July 26 - August 12, 2017 the planet Earth was bathed with 2 of the most powerful lights in the sky (sun & moon) sending intensified "light energy". This light energy is said to enhance spiritual awakenings, bring new insights or a new awareness & it can help to raise the consciousness of the planet. It is also important to note that this occurrence happened on August 8 or 88. In numerology, 8 is also a powerful number that represents infinity, power, divine, connection, rebirth & higher realms.

Strength of Heart and Will

She is a warrior - she has seen "battle" yet shows no fear; she continues to meet adversity straight on in spite of her wounds. She screams.... "Do what you will!!! You will not break me!"

Self Portrait & Prop Creation (armored spine)

Photo Assistants: Emily Peat & Bobby Milo

F E A R L E S S

She walks FEARLESS; finding herself, her inner strength, her confidence & her independence - she finds peace by the turbulent sea

Self Portrait

Umbrella Dream

A dream inspired piece. To dream of flying umbrellas means: Caution - Fear - Protect your emotions - Danger - Defensiveness - Future

Self Portrait

Lost in Unconsciousness
Given To Fly

Although weight of opposing forces holds you back... you feel in your soul that you are given to FLY!

Self Portrait

Preservation of Youth

Going to whatever lengths necessary to hang on to youth - physical and spiritual. Always strive to keep a youthful spirit!

Self Portrait

Healer

Healer depicts the process of self awareness and the healing of the psyche... the opening of the 3rd eye - the gate that leads to inner realms & spaces of higher consciousness & intuition. When opening the 3rd eye, you become spiritually awake. Namaste

Self Portrait

Sanctuary

The forest is my Sanctuary

Out of Darkness

Where once she had conformed to normalcy and a "punch in, punch out lifestyle" she now emerges a true creative being, full of new inspiration and a fresh view of the world around her.

Self Portrait & prop creation (head piece)

Message From Inside

Look closely & you will find the message from inside.

Semantic Ambiguity

Literally translates to the structure remains the same but the words are interpreted differently. My goal (the structure) remains constant whilst the ways/means of achieving it keeps shifting in fits & starts

Ascension

Climb out of the safety of the cocoon, spread your wings, venture unafraid to a whole new world in a new form, trust in your untested wings without doubt - you will fly!

Self Portrait

Chrysalis Heart

A rebirth of a loving heart - one that can transcend over hatred and slander

Prop creation

Come Undone

A shell of your former self, you feel transparent, a ribbon in the sky. With a slight breeze, you fear you will cease to exist.

Self Portrait

Turning Away

Giving up of the of extravagance & the material to live a much more fulfilling simpler life. Getting back to much more natural, more primitive and raw place within the self.

Self Portrait

Woodland Fairytale

A celebration of whimsy and nature

Self Portrait

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