This addendum to my résumé
is my online alternative to a slide portfolio. I'm still not so hot at
taking photos, so it'll take some time to get to those items that are
too unwieldy to fit directly onto a scanner. If I can get around to it,
I'd like to touch up some of these images in Adobe Photoshop, since the
dithering has caused problems.
Last updated on February 18, 2000, to revamp the structure, add new
pics, and create real thumbnails.
Pictures of my art
I sometimes work on and off on a project over years, which explains
the dates that label each piece. Each image links to a larger image,
watercolor on paper
Sprinkling salt onto the image while the paint was wet caused a
partial dehydration to occur, which gives the image that speckled
I drew this from a pattern that I saw in the paint on my otherwise
randomly speckled bedroom wall.
I drew this model cutely holding her purse to the back of her from a
magazine ad that I saw. I completely made up the surrounding room,
which is why I titled it after that portion.
tempera on paper
The frame is a cardboard mat decorated with lipstick and face powder
so that the flowers sparkle in the light.
pen & ink on marbled paper
First, you make or buy marbled paper that incorporates the colors you
want. Next, you look carefully to see any images or shapes you can find
in the random mix of colors. Then you outline and emphasize these items
with pen and ink so that other people can see them. Finally you color
it, if so desired, with markers. It sure makes for some freaky, surreal
From back to front, the three glasses consist of a tempera on paper,
a pencil sketch on manila paper, and watercolor on paper. All three
glasses were cut out and glued onto marbled paper as if they were all
sitting on the edge of a table.
"Fiction reveals truths";
Jessamyn West's statement "Fiction reveals truths that reality
obscures" was the inspiration for this metaphorical representation. The
open book at the top of this illustration serves no other purpose than
to display the West quotation. At the bottom of the drawing is a green
caterpillar crawling across the branch. A magnifying glass labeled
"fiction" is superimposed onto the caterpillar and its lense shows, not
a larger caterpillar image, but a butterfly. The phrase "See the
hidden realities" somewhat awkwardly encircles the lense. Perhaps my
symbolism was too unclear since it necessitates so much explanation,
but what I had meant that to say was that fiction allows us to see
unobvious things, such as the fact that the caterpillar will one day
be a butterfly, just like the butterflies flying above him. Even though
his outside appearance reminds you of a fat worm now, you should not
forget to try to see the inner truth--the caterpillar is just a
butterfly in the making. West's novel Crescent Delahanty,
masterfully revealed a woman-in-the-making in the form of her young
If you know the long-running British sci-fi show Doctor Who,
you will recognize parts of this original illustration. The underlying
purple cloth is my conception of "the fabric of time and space," which
is somehow being forcibly ripped and tugged by a powerful force or
evildoer, as might typically happen in a Doctor Who episode.
Being dragged upon the cloth are varied elements of the show, selected
according to the common theme of the transition from the Tom Baker
doctor to the Peter Davison doctor. There is K-9, the robot dog which
Tom Baker had for some years. There is the TARDIS, its door slightly
ajar, as if to suggest that the Doctor, either Baker or Davison, shall
soon emerge to save the day. The giant snake coiled behind the TARDIS
is the Mara, the evil creature who invaded our dimension through the
dreams of telepathic Kinda people, on Devaloca. The Mara particularly
tormented the Doctor's companion Tegan for two separate adventures. The
large blue-stone necklace which floats in the air as though thrusting
itself forward for an extreme close-up, is a crystal which the Doctor
used to trap the Mara, the second time it arose. In the far back of the
illustration, there is Tom Baker's scarf tied in a bow around two
objects. One is a red set of stairs of an M.C. Escher-esque nature;
this crazy staircase is meant to represent the false world Castrovalva
that the Master forced Adric to mathematically construct as a trap for
the newly regenerated Doctor. The long column in the other side of the
bow is the Master's TARDIS as it looked in the "Time-flight" episode,
during which he tricked Nyssa and Tegan with a false image of the dead
Adric. Finally, the blue-green planet on the far right is probably
meant to be Earth, the Doctor's favorite planet, but I cannot remember
"Experiment in Black and White";
This somewhat weird project was instigated by my high school art
teacher, who had us work with contact paper (a white adhesive with a
black backing). We drew and carved out a design on the white front of
the contact paper, then pulled off the white outline of the design to
reveal the shiny black backing below. The white outline was then placed
onto a piece of black construction paper, while the original carving
was glued to the left side. Thus we have an inverted-color silhouette
next to the original.
These are the titles of other artwork that's not currently here.
- By Sea
- pencil sketch
- Banana Boat
- posterboard; construction paper; pen & ink on paper; watercolor
- Strawberry Twilight
- a monochromatic acrylic on paper painting in red tones.
- acrylic on canvas painting of a mysterious pair of arms reaching
out to arrange some flowers in a vase by a window.
This background was made by me.
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