New Limited Edition Art Prints Available for Sale!

I have two new limited edition prints available for sale in my shop. There are only 10 prints available of each artwork! Click here to check them out.

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I completed these two sketchbook drawings last summer while I was on vacation in my hometown, Valdez. It had been years since I was there, and the experience was very meaningful to me. After receiving some purchase inquiries about them, I decided to make some prints since I don't want to rip them out of my sketchbook.

I'll be making more limited edition prints of pieces in my sketchbooks in the future, so keep an eye out!

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The Negative Self-Talk Troll

I am constantly battling the boss in my head that is the negative self-talk troll. This troll does not have a name, but they have a really loud and obnoxious voice that is difficult to tune out. It says things like, "Why would anyone like your art?" and "What's the point in sharing your art if it all sucks?". (This troll is me of course.)

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Many other artists I know grapple with their own version of the negative self-talk troll, and we all have our own strategies of approaching and dealing with it. What usually helps me is countering the troll's statements with logical ones. For example:

Troll: "What's the point in sharing your art if it all sucks?"
Me: "I share my art because my voice matters."

This back-and-forth dialogue reminds me a lot of rapper and artist Bunny Michael's meme project called Higher Self, which features a double self-portrait inspired by the Evil Kermit meme, with one side expressing Michael's thoughts, and the other side is them as their 'higher self' which expresses inner wisdom, love, and self-empathy. In an interview on the Out Magazine website, Michael says,

"I think I spread positivity but I don't ignore the negative- that's why there's the 2 perspectives; me and higher self. But sharing your feelings no matter [if] they are negative or not is an important part of our journey. Anger, frustration, fear — those feelings are just as valid. But like the cliche says "feelings aren't facts". I think we all need to be less attached to our emotions because they are temporary."

There have been times when I felt so cornered by negative self-talk that I for sure thought I was ready to give up on making art. Those intense feelings were only temporary, however; the next day I felt inspired to keep producing art.

What helps me the most is not fearing the negative self-talk troll, nor actively awaiting its presence in tiring anticipation. Rather, I try my best to look it straight in the eye when it shows up, acknowledge its presence and converse with it, ready to repeat this action again during the next inevitable encounter.

Spectrum Music & Arts Festival 2018 Announcement

I am happy to announce that I'll be at the Spectrum artist showcase this Saturday selling art stuffs like prints, stickers, and originals. The event is from 2-10 pm downtown on The Rooftop at the 5th Avenue EasyPark Garage! There will be some other fabulous artists there so you should come and say hi if you're in town! This will be my first time participating and I'm excited that I'll get to share a booth with two of my favorite artists and former classmates in college ~ Sydney Daniels & Bryce Fredrick.

           Image taken from the  Spectrum Music and Arts Facebook page .

          Image taken from the Spectrum Music and Arts Facebook page.

Two-Person Art Show at Northern Lights Tattoo!

This past Friday, my friend Jenna Gerrety and I had the opening of our show at Northern Lights Tattoo. The show will be up until the end of July, so check it out if you can! Jenna & I both have prints available for sale there on the front counter as well.

If you would like to know more about Jenna and see some more of her art, check out her Instagram page here.

 Jenna's work is on the right wall, and mine is on the left!

Jenna's work is on the right wall, and mine is on the left!

 Have kind of an eclectic set-up, but that actually made it easier to hang everything!

Have kind of an eclectic set-up, but that actually made it easier to hang everything!