‘Shapeshifter’ was a quite unplanned work. As I was riding my bicycle home from my favorite local coffee shop here on O’ahu I reached the one place that was too steep for my abilities so I hopped off my bike for the three minute walk til I could ride again and lo and behold this brilliant flower was laying at the top of a yard waste pile. The thought of this gorgeous specimen going to the incinerator while still so full of bright beauty was too sad so I happily toted her home.

In a matter of hours the long shadowy tendrils of sunset started creeping through my studio sending exotic dashes across the far wall from this yellow heliconia which I knew instantly I had to capture. Considering I was the only one in my studio that afternoon, I determined the self-portrait time was nigh and got right to work assembling my tripod.

This piece has developed in a very fun, experimental and organic way and was one of the first to feature multiple painted layers within the acrylic resin, as well as sea glass, snail shells, and sparkles.

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oil on Belgian linen panel with mixed media in acrylic resin; framed

15 x 16 inches


'Shapeshifter' Print
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