Painter and digital artist. I love vector illustration, typography and character illustration. I generally paint with acrylic, and lately have been creating UV reactent paintings.
2020 was a busy year - not as busy as I would like in terms of getting art commissions, but enough to keep me sane. I did a shitload of hustling between 2 part-time jobs and random commissions.
Most of it was part of a Real Estate Marketing Campaign as an Offering Memorandum and gave me some great experience in infographics. The rest are mostly social media marketing or coupons made to help keep businesses going during COVID-19 lockdown.
The end of 2020 and the beginning of 2021 I've been working on putting together a Resident Handbook. This has pushed me to brush up on the latest InDesign release; keeping busy in creative outlets and studying Real Estate, marketing, and design techniques probably is what got me through 2020 the most. I love my boss and the flexibility she gives me, and if you need a Real Estate Agent in the DFW area, please reach out to her.
My grandmother passed in September 2018, then my friend Jessicka, two weeks later from Kidney failure. The past year I've been struggling emotionally, preparing for my daughter's open-heart surgery, and the small chance she'd pass during the procedure. She had chronic heart failure right before the scheduled surgery, and there's nothing in the world that can prepare you.
She made it through, she's been so much stronger than I have ever been.
I allowed myself to create again, before her surgery... and before her post-op recovery was finished I dedicated my everything to her. Now it's time to find myself again. Started on a winter painting, and ran out of white acrylic, so I shifted to another project. I found these adorable wall decals for my daughter's wall. I got them all set up, and the nest morning they were peeling off the textured wall. Clearly, they were meant for something greater. My husband's mother is a kind woman, and she flew us out to New Mexico for Christmas, and I was gifted this pretty neat set of Watercolor brush pens. Has my first go with them to make my daughter a piece of art worthy of her unicorn.
I think I'm brave enough to buy more white paint and finish that acrylic winter scene.
My grandmother was dying. I came back to Texas as fast as I could, storing my paintings in my partner's bus. Then my IUD ripped through my uterus and attached/attacked my left kidney and I had to have surgery. James' was told by his boss to come to get the bus from his shop, but by the time he got there... they had towed it off. And I lost 16 years of paintings and all of my supplies.
I got a new job - not a fun one, but one that pays the bills, and allows me to stay home with our daughter. Slowly I rebuild my art supply collection... I never scanned his favorite painting I did. The birches in a dark forest with a beautiful moon, and our names carved into a tree.
My grandmother passed on Labor Day this year. She taught me how to paint when I was seven, and gifted me with my love of art, crafting, and never stopped being supportive of me. She was a volunteer to many organizations in the community of Round Rock, and the world has lost a wonderful soul.
I haven't stopped doing digital art! At least once a month I create a little something for social media marketing purposes or work on one of my big pieces. It's hard finding free time with work and a toddler. The pregnancy carpal tunnel is finally starting to fade away, and my kid is at an age I can have sloppy paint fun with her!
I've thought about writing a book. Mostly as a catharsis, but others may actually enjoy a few stories of my adventures. We shall see.
I moved! For the first time in my life out of the state of Texas, and to the gorgeous forest state of Washington.
With that comes heartbreak, and then finding myself again. I vectored one of my friend's profile pictures as it spoke so much to me during my troubled period.
Oh, and I'm currently 8 months pregnant with a baby girl, so there's that.
P.S. Her name is Andromeda.
July was this awesome whirlwind of vacation in the beautiful state of Washington with my baby sister, then I came home in August, go to work on some art, and then it was the annual "my Fiance's birthday".... a few weeks later and I was incredibly sick. 17 days of incredibly sick, before I said enough is enough, went to the ER.. and found out: I'm pregnant!
And as of today, I'm 8 weeks along, with my first.
The first trimester is kicking my butt too. I'm probably asleep around 13-14 hours a day. I can't even help it. I'll be sitting in my chair, watching Netflix.. and doze off.. or at the computer.. doze off and get a little tap on my shoulder from my fiance' to go sleep somewhere comfier.
Luckily for me, He's a great guy and set up a bunk bed in my artist's loft, so if I'm upstairs I don't have to worry about travelling too far to get rest.
I have a couple of painting works in progress to post, as well as a digital illustration I've been working on (SO CLOSE to finishing too) the digital work is NSFW, so I'll be limiting that piece to only subscribers.