Kaleb Sleeping Portrait

I drew a crayon portrait of my twin sister’s oldest child, Kaleb, for Christmas. This spirited little one is such a fantastic bundle of energy, it’s these rare quiet moments that catch me by surprise and squeeze my heart even tighter. I adore this guy.

He turned three on December 30th.

Kaleb Asleep in Crayola crayons on illustration artboard

Paul and Andrew Portraits

For Christmas this year, I made crayon portraits of my two nephews on my husband’s side of the family. These adorable little guys are the sparkle in the family! Paul is three years old and Andrew will be two in February.

Portrait of Andrew, Crayola crayons on illustration artboard
Portrait of Paul, Crayola crayons on illustration artboard

 

I’m so happy to have them in my life. And on December 26th we welcomed a brand new little nephew into the family! I’m looking forward to drawing another portrait for baby Tyler.

Secret Forests

“Secret Forests” is a landscape series in which I explore the glimmers of hope in despair. Inspired by the growth that occurs after the devastation of forest fires and the birth of stars out of nebulae, I tried to convey the magic of new beginnings.

SecretHopeWeb
Secret Hope, oil on canvas 18″ x 24″
SecHope2
Forest, oil and chalk pastels on paper
MourningForest
Mourning Forest, oil pastel on paper
WendigoForest_dA
Wendigo Forest, oil and chalk pastel on paper

Coloring Book

These are coloring pages I made for teaching a Bahá’í Sunday school class for ages infant to four year old. I loved teaching the class and watching the little ones color these drawings with such creativity!

Please download the drawings and use them however you would like. Eventually I will upload larger resolution files for all of them for nicer printing. I would love to see the colored results!

 

To download the pdf for printing, click this link: RidvanColorPg1

 

To download the pdf for printing, click this link: RidvanColorPg2

 

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To download the pdf for printing, click this link: Ayyam-i-Ha Party print 

Ravens and Orcas

A series of predominately grey-scale drawings done for my beloved, Nick. His spirit is the brightness in the sharp eye of a raven, his heart is the generous stroke of an orca’s tail, and our love spans oceans and skies.

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Raven Pair Sketch, pencil
RavenOrcadA
For Nick, pencil on paper
JoyofUs
The Joy of Us, charcoal on paper
OutoftheMist
Out of the Mist, Crayola crayons on watercolor paper
TwoFour
Two of Us and Four of Joy, Crayola crayons

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Bahá’i Faith

“O Son of Man! I loved thy creation, hence I created thee. Wherefore, do thou love Me that I may name thy name and fill thy soul with the spirit of life.”
– Bahá’u’lláh

I am a member of the Bahá’í Faith and love it very deeply. My faith inspires me in all aspects of my life, including my artwork. Here are a few pieces I have made on Bahá’í themes.

 

God_has_created
“God has created”, oil pastel 18 x 24 in.

This piece was made as part of a Bahá’í study course on courtship that I participated in soon after I met Nick. Two years later, we got married.

The branches follow the outline of my hand in his, showing our growing connection. I chose a magnolia tree because they are a sign of everlasting fidelity. Below you can view the same drawing again with the full quote from ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and the outline of the hands highlighted, mine in orange, his in red.

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Beauty_web
Beauty, watercolors 7.5 x 11 in.

When I was nineteen, I traveled with my mother, father, and twin sister on pilgrimage to the Holy Land in Haifa, Israel. This is a portrait of my mother standing before the Shrine of the Báb.

 

ShrineoftheBab
Shrine of the Báb, oil on canvas 22 x 28 in.

After my pilgrimage to Haifa, Israel, I was so inspired by the beauty of the Holy Land and the Shrine in particular that I painted this using a technique I had never tried before. I wanted to show the transcendency of that sacred spot, the blurring between earth and heaven.

 

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Shrine of the Báb practice, oil on canvas 4×6 in.

I practiced the technique on a few smaller pieces before going to the large canvas. I was also attempting a glaze effect that I determined would not add to the larger piece.

 

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Masked Oddlings

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Quetzalcoatl, detail. Needle felted wool, papier mache, and feathers.
Quetzalcoatl_2
Quetzalcoatl. Needle felted wool, papier mache, and feathers.
Quetzalcoatl_3
Quetzalcoatl, behind. Needle felted wool, papier mache, and feathers.

 

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Quetzalcoatl, above. Needle felted wool, papier mache, and feathers.

 

 

MaskedLion
Masked Lion, needle felted wool and papier mache

 

ElephantFace_1
Masked Elephant, needle felted wool and papier mache