Fantasy art is my artistic passion; I draw upon such rich inspiration from my own life, personal experiences, and interests. I couldn’t produce art that didn’t venture into the imaginary, whimsical, mystical, and that didn’t include my paracosms.
This is my "main" artistic focus and I have many goals for the future regarding my works in this genre. I plan to keep creating works as I tend to work in series or collections; I also develop their worlds, and their character design. Comics are on the horizon! I also plan to put out zines, decks, and tons of other things because this is my main art brand.
I was born in Miami, and have always been part the beach culture and have always lived the "Salt-Life" culture in my State of Florida. I also grew-up spending entire summers at the beach, or on my parents' boat, living in family owned beach property, I also graduated from college in the Florida Keys, where I also lived, and I am married to a fisherman. Besides being a fisherman's wife, and a mermaid-out-of-water, I'm also an avid angler. I still currently travel to the beach very frequently. I’m leaving out plenty of beach-filled and fresh-water facts that are incorporated in my life and upbringing so needless-to-say, that becoming a marine artist wasn’t far-fetched at all. Ocean conservation is extremely important to me!
I was born into a family business specifically the flower business; it began 25 years before I was even born. I’m also related to a world famous, late-botanist whom was also the head of a national botanical gardens. She passed away in (2014). I will mention more about her, her links, and professional accomplishments when I am reaching the point of completion of a collection based on her work and her books that I am in the process of creating, “release date is (2019)”, I was also granted special and exclusive permission. Flowers and plants have always been deeply rooted in my life and I am completely obsessed with them. I fell in total awe of botanical art and botanical illustration and knew in my heart that it was a path that I would take when my art journey started to intensify. There is plenty more that I should say here about my flower life but I shall save it for a special future project. I also have a specifically written "Artist's Statement" regarding my botanical art and meaning that will be reserved for a future ethno-botanical project from a specific geographical location. I'm highly interested in plant conservation as well.
In this sub-genre I specifically concentrate in illustrating botanical subjects. I abide by the traditional techniques of the botanical art scientific illustration standards and methods.
These are hand-drawn, monochromatic, plant anatomical and morphological drawings of flora or “botanical-scientific-illustrations”. The scale and measurements are not included on these illustrations for online portfolio showing. Scientific illustrations are accurate drawings that serve a scientific purpose in the form of; (taxonomic illustrations for journals, visual tools, image demonstrations, diagrams, or identification).
I specifically teach botanical scientific illustration (a merger of art and science); These are monochromatic scaled and accurate drawings that are inked and used for taxonomic identification.
Most folks “outside” of the Botanical Art world are unaware of the fact that true scientific illustration which is a sub-genre with-in botanical art itself is actually “grey” or “black-and-white” which still means “grey”, and is also meaning “monochromatic”, and it is also not deeply shaded, plus must meet many other specifications just to be specific.
I am available for in-person teaching in the South Florida (tri-county region) only, however I am going to be teaching these workshops on-line in the future as well.
I'm an avid collector of minerals, gems, crystals, and I also love rocks; I also deeply enjoy painting them. They surround me and I charge many of them in my art studio with a rainbow that shines through my window daily at a certain time of the day. I set up a crystal as a light prism rainbow maker in my art studio and I get rainbow lights every day; These reflections light up my minerals and the colors inspire me.