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I’ve been painting since I was ten years old, and one of my goals was always to paint as realistically as possible, which meant long, painstaking sessions in oil, watercolor & acrylic.

But we live in such a fast-paced world, that I’ve been desiring lately to get my ideas out more quickly, and on a larger scale. So I recently turned to street art for inspiration, and decided to give spray painting a try.

Right off the bat I discovered that spray painting is not as easy as it looks. Instead of small movements of the wrist and fingers, it’s a whole-body process, requiring quick, decisive strokes & a sensitive trigger finger. Moreover, not just any spray paint will do. And did you know that spray paint cans have different sized caps? Well I didn’t either! But I soon learned on my own, and in the process, I think I might have become hooked!

I created a speed-painting video to document the process:

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A very different outcome than my usual precise little canvases, but I love it nonetheless! This little lady is finished, and ready to find a new home!

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TGIF Weekend Warriors! Time to work on that Dream you’ve been putting off!

This little girl is all done and ready to be framed. What dreams are you guys working on this weekend?

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Finishing up this fun little commission 🙂 Turned a client’s dog into a Pokemon Herdier — so cute!

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Sometimes my photography clients look like catalogue models ;). Loved shooting this couple’s maternity photos over the weekend; photography is another creative outlet that allows me to make beautiful images, but in less time than painting, so it’s great for clients who need something quickly, or who have a lower budget.

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Repost from Instagram: 70 square feet, 50 hours, + 2 gallons of paint = My Little Prince Nursery Mural is Done!!! So happy with how this one came out :). I was down to the wire on the last day; endless thanks to my best friend & fellow artist Jessica Perilla for coming in and helping me flesh out the background, and taking this picture of me when we finished at 3am(!). Already got great feedback from the client!

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Happy MLK Day! In memory of a great man, sharing my painting & our video tribute to his legacy:  https://youtu.be/rLxFcPjERpw . The past few years have seen a lot of racial violence and tensions; what do you think about how far we have or haven’t come since his I Have A Dream speech?

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In honor of the CW Supernatural’s Season Finale this past week, here’s my speed drawing of Jensen Ackles :).

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This is my first time combining pen and watercolor, and it was such a pleasure! I definitely think I will work on this technique some more and see how far I can push the contrast between the two mediums. And of course, love stylizing the hair – there’s something I really like developing there as well. So glad the buyer likes it – hope you all do too!

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I Have A Dream 2013 painting

Today we honor a man whose voice & vision carried a movement. It seems fitting to post my “I Have a Dream 2013” painting today. Thank you again to everyone who volunteered your voices and faces to this project – look at how beautiful we are when we come together! 🙂 And thank you Dr. King, for your inspiration & sacrifice. RIP.

Check out the full project (including the video!) at www.IHaveADream2013.com.

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I like making art w/pixels as well as with paint <3. Love this shot I took & just finished the final retouching for my clients. Such a beautiful and happy couple - I wish them all the best with their new family! Special Thanks to Jes Perilla for being a great assistant at the shoot!

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