Octopus and Swordtails is part of a large body of paintings that use rare and distinct fauna as actors in allegories about optimism and hope in the face of predators of late-stage capitalism. This series was started in the Winter of 2021 when our entire household was stuck at home because of COVID.
This was drawn with Micron markets and Faber Castell brush markers on a sheet of 11″ x 15″ sheet of watercolor paper. Acrylics were then used to layer color over the drawing until it was richly colored in a way that couldn’t be replicated digitally. I developed this process over the last twenty years, where I learned that thin layers of color create a much more vibrant “glow” than a single thinker layer of paint. The two sheets are intended to hang in separate frames situated closely to each other.
This is a giant high quality jpeg (600dpi) that can be blown up and projected to a gigantic size or printed at double the actual size (22″ x 30″)