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117th annual student exhibition @ pafa

…goes on for about the next month!

If you are local to Philadelphia, please consider stopping by PAFA to view the Annual Student Exhibition. Here’s a link for more information. I don’t currently have a crisp enough photo to share of my wall, but till then, enjoy these silly studio photos. Once the exhibition is over, I’ll be posting the works here for sale. I am also open to taking commissions if you are especially digging on that body of work.


Photo of me counting my lie collection by Michael Heath.

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they lied 2U oil painting now for sale

Conversation Heart Valentine Painting

I’ve updated my site’s shop with this pessimistic valentine. People have expressed interest in it, so I hope someone snatches it up.

If you’ve purchased from me before and are interested in adding more of my work to you art collection, please shoot me a message first and I will provide you with a 15% off discount.

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one condom contest – voting begins!

In an earlier post I mentioned that I was making a point to enter contests/apply for scholarships. Well, here’s one!

This contest was advertised around my school. It’s silly, and maybe not for the prudish, but it’s a good message.The contest is about designing condom wrappers. Yep. It is. And I entered.

If you want to help an art student out, please click the link and then vote for my 2 designs. You could be helping me get some much needed cash to support my art studies!

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brand creation, art identity confusion

I’m starting the 2nd semester of my junior year at PAFA. I’m excited. Especially because I have less classes this time around, which means I will have entire days to myself in my studio to get lost in my head and art projects. This semester I have also promised myself to put more time into entering art shows, contests and applying for grants/scholarships. Some of them, the lil’ contests, might require voting, so when they come up, I’ll definitely post them and hope some of you give me a nudge towards school-cash-money.

Something else I hope to accomplish this spring is to re-brand my illustration based work. That means new name, shiny logo, seperate website, all polished into something I want to be a business. It’s my goal to get this up and running by the time I graduate in 2019. Sounds totally doable to me, which is important. Attainable goals keep my engine running.

The idea to separate my illustrative work from this site, my painting and perhaps even me as an individual person, was a bit hard for me to come to, because it feels like everything I do, painting to design, has a cumulative effect on who I am as an artist. This isn’t not true, but from a professional point of view, I know it’s likely the best decision I can make for myself. This blog will stay the same and remain informal. I will definitely update with everything I’m up to, but I will also have an independent brand identity where I only push my stationery and surface design.

Another bonus to more down time means teaching myself to enjoy reading again, specifically art history books. I’m especially enjoying Symbolist Art in Contextby Michelle Facos. It covers that frenetic part of art history as the 1800s shifted into the early 1900s. It’s been a good book to have on hand as I take an online 20th Century art history class.