After months of contemplating how to truly capture the beauty of sunflowers, a breakthrough came to me that would help me paint them my way. Turn them into music! This was the stylistic concept that initiated a new collection, in Acoustic Sunflowers the petals and leaves are transformed to bending and melting guitars reaching out for the sun. With no ground in sight these sunflowers appear to grow so tall that they are almost blooming beside the sun, reflecting the limitless potential and nature of music.
Detail photos of Acoustic Sunflowers
"Decomposition of a Guitar"
As I sit and work on art for so many hours a day, I can’t help but to think that I am sacrificing my music for art. In a way my guitar skills are decomposing as my art skills are flourishing. Ferns have always fascinated me because of their ability to grow year round and never take a break. The ferns are growing off of the decomposing guitar and turning into a new form of life. Also mushrooms are growing out of the guitar with sound waves emanating to show the mystical qualities of music. When you see the log that the guitar is broken over, I’m showing how closely related the physical guitar is compared to nature. Everything is intertwined and is a living entity. With the death of something, comes life. This piece was a wake up call for me, I don’t actually have to sacrifice guitar for art, and I can do them both.
Detail photos of Decomposition of a Guitar
Wild Horses conveys an important message. Sometimes we forget that music is all around us. Nature has its own unique music. Even silence is music. Remembering this can make life more beautiful and connect us all within the realm of sound. Our conscious awareness that music is all around us can help us to develop a closer relationship with nature and become more in tune with ourselves.
Detail photos of Wild Horses
While traveling through the French Riviera during the Cannes film festival, I saw a performing street band that was a guitar, an accordion, and a saxophone, and they were amazing. In this piece, the instruments are tossed into life, and life grows around them. Similar to how our lives grow around things that are tossed in. Life is flourishing within this piece all around the instruments. The wheel of karma spins starting with music, converting into cactus, then into flower, then into galaxies containing infinite possibilities. The three phases of the Monarch butterfly are shown to demonstrate how life changes into different phases. The cactus needles are flutes.
Detail photos of Galactic Cactus
Everything is stardust. Emerging from a spiral galaxy is a flourishing bouquet. DNA and a guitar are also emerging, expressing the link between the nature of life and ourselves and everything that we create being nature. Music spirals out dancing in front of a full eclipse. At the end, everything is pixelating and dissolving back into the universe into our perpetual cycle. Layers of the bouquet grow between the staff. On the right side of the staff there is an Earth and moon as a repeat symbol. I chose to make the musical staff a color spectrum because it covers all possibly colors or musical notes that are possible to be expressed.
Detail photos of Stardust