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Cactus Painting

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Recently I was commissioned by some friends of ours, Adam and Ciara, to do a cactus painting, as they live in Southern California (having previously lived in New York City) and have really gotten into them. They wanted a larger-sized painting, but the creative license was left up to me for this one.

After mentally cycling through several ideas, I decided upon painting two cacti in a pot, with a flower growing out of the top of one of them. This, I thought, would symbolize them as a couple growing together.

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Cactus Painting on 20″ x 30″ Organic Cotton Canvas

The painting is done with acrylic, gouache and watercolor paints!

Adam and Ciara met while serving as Peace Corps Volunteers in the country of Guinea, in West Africa. Prior to that, I had met Adam while we both served as Peace Corps Volunteers in Costa Rica. Yes, that’s right, he did two stints of over 2 years each TWICE in a row! Good golly.

Art prints of this cactus painting are available here.


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Custom Art Commission – Figurative Line Drawings

Recently, I completed three 22″ x 30″ custom figurative line illustrations on luxurious, 100% cotton, acid-free Antique White Canson Edition papers.

My client, an art collector in the United Arab Emirates, expressed interest in abstract and romantic line drawings of a couple hugging, kissing, and dancing, to give life and energy to her living space.

Couple Hugging Illustration – black and red archival inks

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Couple Dancing Illustration – navy blue archival ink

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Abstract, Figurative and Romantic Custom Drawings

This week I’m starting on final drawings for an art collector in the United Arab Emirates. These will be three figurative, abstract, romance-themed drawings on luxurious, antique white, 100% cotton, acid-free papers. The drawings will be completed in black, navy blue and red inks.

art commission, custom artWhile starting the initial layout, I had on some smooth jazz on my Pandora. Got to set the mood right for the type of artwork I’m doing!