“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Betta splendens, also known as Siamese fighting fish, are wonderful aquarium fish. Only a little over two inches long, they are huge personalities in little frames! Each one is totally unique. Some are feisty, like their commonly used name implies, but others are chill and prefer lounging on leaves rather than swim. Every one of them is interactive and highly aware of the world outside their watery sanctuaries. They perk up whenever someone comes over to see them and some are even known to watch TV!
I love making portraits of these beautiful fish.
I also adore pufferfish! Especially the dwarf puffer, Carinotetraodon travancoricus.
Made from needle felted wool over pipe cleaner armature, the snonkey is very soft and flexible with a real escargot snail shell on its back. Although there are many different varieties of snonkeys, you can sometimes tell a banana snonkey’s age by its color, as they start green and turn yellow and spotted just like bananas!