Retrospective Senior Virtual Show exhibited online at the University of California, Santa Cruz Art Department Website.

The present exhibition highlights work from the past decade in search of meaning and self-reflection. A variety of mediums with a stylized approach ranges from ink, painting, drawing, graphics design, and photography. The techniques shown have emphasized the line’s quality as a means for signature mark-making gestural brushstrokes. My approach to creating artwork stems from folklore, mythology, story-telling, dreams, and responses to other artists’ work. Being aware of the pressures of art galleries and institutions catalog style of creative expression and the importance of creating a series created for me a restriction in one particular style or concept. I always chose to be random and collective; however, the work collects random styles and interpretations from my development as an artist to create an ongoing documentative series. With this freedom of visual expression and exploration, my ability to express an idea into a form using color and design has had an alternative approach. The show Retrospective seeks to invite the viewer to investigate and view an artist’s toolbox’s foundation as a way to view a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process.  A look back into past artistic choices has inspired me to create artwork that merges manual art-making methods with technology and digital design. Searching for techniques in my archives has informed my creative practice in a way that continues to enhance the art experience. 

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1.Title: "Portrait with first pastel work."

Medium: Digital Photograph 

Year: 2015

Description: Self-portrait still life with my first pastel portrait (framed in the background) has inspired me to develop my art practice. Painted at only 15 years old, the pastel piece won numerous awards and landed me a spot at the California State Summer School for the arts during my youth. Working at a custom framing art gallery, I framed my first pastel and have exhibited it on rare occasions.

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2.Title: "Golden Swan portrait."

Medium: Acrylic on canvas

Year: 2015

Description: As a painting project done at the San Francisco Art Institute, this portrait displays my ability to produce energy through line and color. This work reminds me of the skill and perseverance to remain faithful to my identity and art practice.

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3.Title: "Judgement."

Medium: Acrylic-Ink

Year: 2016

Description: Growing up in a Catholic religious home, iconography and depictions of the dramatic story influenced my art. These gestures of figurative language were arranged to tell a story. Although in my stylized work, the gestures are not fully developed and are meant to give you an ‘impression’.

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4.Title: "Mercury.”

Medium: Digital Painting 

Year: 2013

Description: This is a digital painting study using personifications of mythology themes to express a sketch. 

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5.Title: "The Mask in a whirlpool."

Medium: Digital Painting

Year: 2013

Description: Creating this style of digital painting allowed for a solarized effect using a variety of filters. This exploration of brushstrokes translated from a tablet to a computer was an intersection of manual and digital practices to depict the idea.

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6.Title: "La Alegoría de la conciencia Divina." “The allegory of the divine consciousness.”

Medium: Acrylic

Year: 2014

Description: Fascinated with allegorical themes in historic paintings, this artwork represents the personification of good and evil. A nod to my religious upbringing, these themes have inspired me to look beyond the religious aspects and attempt to transcend the sublime and form it into a story. I also included my self-portrait at the bottom. The allegory of the Divine Consciousness seeks to have an exchange with the viewer to take a deeper look at oneself.

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7.Title: "Doves in the Shed."

Medium: Watercolor-Acrylic-Ink-Pastel

Year: 2012

Description: A mixed media approach was used to create the different textures in this illustration inspired by the artist John James Audubon. This illustration was done with the use of an original photograph as a reference. The stylized mark-making creates a presence of the artist’s decisions.

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8.Title: "Stroller"

Medium: Charcoal-Digital Design

Year: 2015

Description: Part of my art practice is in the mixing of the medium of photography to translate my sketches into editing programs. Applying filters to overlay on the charcoal sketch enhances the artwork to create a mood. This style of coloring is a method overused in social media applications. The separation from the mundane and overpopulation of digital selfies and photographs is disconnected from that environment. The organic line work somehow portrays the energy the artist has as opposed to a still image.

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9.Title: "El Genio."

Medium: Acrylic Ink 

Year: 2017

Description: Calligraphic brushstrokes inspired by sumi-e ink wash paintings lend themselves to strict practice in your linework. Here, the illustration was the first sketch with an ink pen, then followed by varying widths of strokes with tapered ends for emphasis. Applying transparent layers and using color theory to balance out the contrast, this artwork shows a feeling of fluidity in the response to the form. This work was featured in Cal Poly’s Pomona Valley Review Literary Arts Journal as the cover image.

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10.Title: "The Phoenix and the Swan."

Medium: Acrylic-Ink-Gold & Silver Leaf

Year: 2013

Description:  This artwork is a panel of (5) squares joined together to create a panoramic view of the celestial world. The transformation that occurs in this artwork is of a phoenix, historically portrayed as a symbol of regeneration. The metamorphosis of the phoenix into the swan symbolizes different aspects of my personality. The painting was a commission for the Historic Tower District Theatre in Fresno, CA. The center panel landed as a finalist for the Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino in 2014. The organization has rallied to create a Smithsonian branch to Latino contributions and most recently got approved to build in the nation’s capitol.

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11.Title: "Metamorphosis of the Sun"

Medium: Acrylic 

Year: 2017

Description: Another series of panoramic panels joined together to create a scene. The experience in this painting came at a time of self-reflection and my thoughts on Memento Mori. Having experienced a traumatic event in 2004 with the passing of my brother, artwork intended to reconcile those feelings were confronted with artistic expression. 

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12.Title: "Dragon in a Cave."

Medium: Digital Painting

Year: 2011

Description: A commissioned digital painting for a novel called Legacy: A Father’s Tale by Roger G. Laird. It was projects like these that encouraged my art practice to develop in ways that could be used as a communication tool for another artist’s and writer’s points of view. 

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13.Title: "Blue Discus"

Medium: Soft Pastel

Year: 2013

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14.Title: "Liberty."

Medium: Digital Illustration-Ink

Year: 2017

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15.Title: “Untitled.”

Medium: Ink-Watercolor 

Year: 2010

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16.Title: “Interpretation of Leda and the Swan.”

Medium: Ink-Soft Pastel-Charcoal

Year: 2012

Description: Using charcoal and ink washes I created a textured and flowy background. Within the clouds, faces started to form as a response to perceiving ambiguous figures or familiar objects, also known as pareidolia.  These stylized sketches not only informed me of the mythology surrounding the story but also the symbols and subject matter. My interpretation of masterworks is a reflection of my interest in those themes.

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17.Title: “The creation of the Swan.”

Medium: Ink

Year: 2016

Description: Using a swan as the personification of myself, themes in metamorphosis and transformation from animal qualities to human figures give a nod to the past in mythology and story-telling. Here, I have used the familiar posing of the previous sketch to sharpen and give more clarity to the subject. This scene has a multitude of symbols and meanings.

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17.Title: “The creation of the Swan.”

Medium: Ink

Year: 2016

Description: Using a swan as the personification of myself, themes in metamorphosis and transformation from animal qualities to human figures give a nod to the past in mythology and story-telling. Here, I have used the familiar posing of the previous sketch to sharpen and give more clarity to the subject. This scene has a multitude of symbols and meanings.

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19.Title: “Dapple Horse Study.”

Medium: Ink-Gouache

Year: 2017

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20.Title: “Trinity.”

Medium: Ink

Year: 2010

Description: A triptych of a religious experience was hand-drawn with only horizontal lines. This piece was the most important artwork in my art practice. The technicalities and attention to detail with the figures, birds, and insects within the artwork allowed me to shift my perspective of my ability.