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Caterpillar and Butterfly Paintings

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Watercolor paintings of a caterpillar and a monarch butterfly…each on 5×7 watercolor paper. Available for purchase (pay what you can), just email me at

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Caterpillar on a Leaf – Watercolor Painting
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Monarch Butterfly – Watercolor Painting
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Taking Our Time at the Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the iconic architectural features of New York City and a place I’ve always loved to walk on. You can walk across with the hustle and bustle of the city, or you can take your time at a leisurely pace.

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Take Our Time – Black and White Ink Drawing of the Brooklyn Bridge
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The Simplicity of It All

I’ve been going through some of my older paintings lately, and found this one. I painted it six years ago, from a photo that I took on a beach in Costa Rica more than eight years ago! I call it “The Simplicity of it All“.

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The Simplicity of It All – Costa Rica Beach Painting
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Forest Friends Mural

A few weeks ago I mostly finished the forest friends mural painting in my son’s bedroom, although I still plan on adding a stream of water in when I get a chance.

I took this picture a few weeks ago when my son was in the room with me and grabbed a paintbrush so that he could also paint!

Rafael Painting Mural

Here are a couple of other shots of the mural, complete with smiling animals like an owl, cardinal bird, deer and fox, with a sparrow bird, squirrel, butterflies, a mother dove flying over to her 2 babies in a nest, and a little boy running with a kite in his hand. Right before my wife and I found out she was pregnant with our 2nd son, two doves had set up a nest outside of our kitchen door and laid eggs for 2 babies that hatched over the course of the next month! So I had to include that in the painting.

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Forest Friends Mural


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Forest Friends Mural

I’ll post a few more photos after I add in the stream of water, and hopefully get some better lighting to see the color and detail a bit better.

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Father and Son Portrait Drawing

This portrait drawing was given to celebrate the Dad’s college graduation! The photo that the drawing is based on was taken at his thesis presentation, where he proudly holds his newborn son. This drawing is an 8″ x 10″ on paper, drawn with artist graphite pencils.

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Father and Son Portrait Drawing
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Ocean Life Mural Update Photos

This morning I had a chance to paint more of the ocean life mural, as my clients have returned from their vacation! Here are some before and after photos.


Ocean Life Mural 1

Ocean Life Mural 2




Tomorrow morning I’ll paint in the rest of the animals and start the bottom side of the mural.

At some point in the next week or two, I also plan to start a forest-life mural for my one and a half year old son’s bedroom!

As always, you can contact me at for any art inquiries.

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Mural Update

I’ve been slow to post, but here are a couple photo updates of the ocean life wall mural I’m painting at a home nearby here in Ashburn!

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Ashburn Mural Ocean Life Progress
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Ashburn Mural Ocean Life Progress

The mural runs about 10 feet along the side and bottom of the soffit in the room. I’ve got the base layers of paint on for the sky and clouds, so next will be the fun part of adding the animals and water, which will really bring everything alive with color!

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Ocean Life Wall Mural

Recently I’ve begun an ocean life mural painting inside the studio of a Cranial-Sacral Therapist here in Ashburn. We’re both super excited to see the transformation of the room as it comes alive with color!

This mural is being painted on a soffit that runs along the ceiling in the room, so it incorporates both an eye-level view upon walking into the room, as well as a view of looking up while laying down on the cranial-sacral therapy bed.

When entering the room, the viewer will see the ocean as it meets the sky, with birds, turtles, whales, dolphins, fish, a sea horse and a mermaid. When lying down, the perspective will change to one of looking upwards through the water, while seeing the bottoms of turtles, whales, fish, and the mermaid tail.

While painting upside down is admittedly hard on my neck (I don’t know how Michelangelo ever painted the Sistine Chapel!), the result will be worth it. I’ve found myself doing yoga poses as I work to alleviate the kinks!

I’ll post pictures as the mural progresses!