Hand-drawn logo for presenter on mortuary & funeral service topics, Dominick Astorino. Also designed his website: http://www.dominickastorino.com/
Located off South Broadway in Denver, Colorado. I hand-drew the logo, which was then vectorized. I then hand painted the bathroom doors, as well as the interior & exterior murals. Many of the locations within the lettering of the inside mural were also places that one of the owners holds close to her heart from her hometown.
Located at 11 E. Louisiana Ave. Denver, CO
Humans and architecture have so much in common; both built on a foundation constantly tested and slowly crumbling at the seams, yet for the most – here we still stand, broken but here.
This exhibition is a collection of paintings and drawings paying homage to my recent withdrawal to Kyiv, Ukraine to experience the remnant cities of Chernobyl and Pripyat – all in honor of the absence of my father. For the first 20 years of my life, my father carried me – giving me immeasurable love, care, motivation, inspiration, and strength. From May 20 – 25th, I carried him – through his backpack used for all of his adventures during his life, as I embarked on this adventure I had been anticipating since he was lost to his sickness. During this time, I experienced the devastation by radiation that continues to consume that community in contrast to my personal admiration for radiation giving my father four extra years of life he should not have had.
each acrylic paint & ink on wood
This was the second summer that I participated in Downtown Denver's 16th Street Mall piano paintings. This year I decided to do a spin on the classic postcard look, choosing six of Denver's prominent landmarks - The Capital, Sports Authority Stadium at Mile High, Union Station, The Blue Bear, Little Man Icecream, and Red Rocks.
Untitled Horror Film Series
Because of my tattoo apprenticeship, I've been heavily influenced by the design of tattoo flash - designs which could translate onto skin. For this series, I've outlined a fundamental scene in the movie and filled it with other aspects of the film. My goal is to leave each untitled with hope that the viewer can infer which film it is.
Stellar Young Album Art
I have graciously been honored with the request to design and create the album art for an upcoming CD to be released by the band, Stellar Young. Here is the cover in progress, as well as the official version, along with the images that I created for the lyric booklet.
John and I wrote a little tid bit of a story to go along with the artwork and music in the album.
A gist of the story - There's this astronaut man camped out and lonely on his planet, which leads to his decision to travel to Earth. In the second booklet image, someone is running through puddles which show a crash occuring. It happens to be a woman who finds this astronaut broken with space escaping from his helmet. She thought the worst, and while amazed by space seeping out and surrounding her, she reaches out to touch a star that appears in front of her. While she does this, a button lights back up on the astronaut's suit. She repairs him, and spends time with him helping him to repair his ship. In gratitude, he gives her five Roman candles with a note attached, and then leaves. The last image is ahead in time a bit, to where a young girl is sifting through a drawer next to the woman's bed while she has just passed away. In the drawer, the little girl finds the five Roman candles and pulls out the note that was attached, reading "Let these ignite, and I will be by your side."
The cover of the album has an image of a little girl lighting off five Roman candles, igniting the night sky. Then on the cover of the booklet is the image of the little girl running into the arms of the astronaut. The goal was to try to go full-circle and allude to the idea that the little girl was actually the astronaut's daughter, and that he came back for her when her mother passed away.
Living to be, But not in shame.
This is a drawing I've composed on two library cards. My father is more highly rendered and then faded, in respect to the fact he has lived his life and has already vanished from this world. I, on the other hand, am only a linear drawing since I am still learning, like a child, the workings of this lifetime. But I am embraced and supported by my father figure, as I reach to interact with it and aquire some of the defination of shading, thus the spark of knowledge spreads to me.
The education from experiences in my personal life has greatly surpassed anything I've been taught in school, specifically my ordeal with my father's resistance to and final death from cancer. These pieces embody the odd comforts I obtained through this experience, both during that time and now looking back. These feelings of comfort are represented in images of my father and me during my childhood when the cancer was looming but yet unknown. Because he opted for radiation injections as a treatment for his cancer, my use of radiation masks and suits express the dilemmas within that choice. Images of radiation masks and suits are usually associated with negative feelings such as fear and poison, but in these pieces I strived to connect them with more positive connotation due to the radiation having slowed the growth of the cancer killing my father. I represented this by having these radiation figures overshadow my father and interact with me in the more cheerful images of our past. These syntheses of happy childhood memories with images of "radiation men" concurrently convey feelings of uneasiness and comfort.
The past is separated from the present through layering, but also connected through the transparency of the layers. These different time periods share the same space because they are all now simultaneous aspects of the past that have become my struggle in the present. The spacing further suggests the isolation that my father and I expereinced both together and independent of each other. I hope these works are ambiguous enough for the viewer to impose their own experiences and feelings of nostalgia.