“Calala”

“Calala”

Continuing the experimentation of Day of the Dead imagery, I incorporated a cat, as animals are a subject I had wanted to include in my Dia artwork. The bright, pastoral color scheme is a slight departure, as well as the ornate background. I leaned heavier into the body painting style by adorning the bones with flowers and leaves.
“Azure”

“Azure”

Despite my dedication to certain subject matters I've held closely to over the years, I'm always compelled to keep things fresh and interesting by finding new angles and directions on those subjects. In this case, I felt inspired to switch up the standard portrayals of Dia de los Muertos figures. One of my favorite aspects of the tradition is the…
“Bailadora”

“Bailadora”

Folk dancing is one of the most well-known aspects of Mexican culture, and I sought to portray the swirling movements of the Jarabe Tapatío form. The horizontal format is not one I typically use (but it's always fun to buck routine); in this case it suited the the free-flowing energy of the dance, and I liked the interplay between the…
“Golden Eagle”

“Golden Eagle”

Golden eagles are the most widespread of eagle species and are found throughout the northern hemisphere. They're also the most beautiful, in my opinion, with their spiky, golden-brown plumage. This amount of detail for a large drawing is pretty insane, but as always, it makes for an impressive result!
“Catalina” Candle

“Catalina” Candle

This Mexican-style pillar candle features stunning custom artwork by one Nicholas Ivins. Candle measures 8″ tall and 2.25″ wide. Wax color may differ from photo.
“Rita’s Garden” Candle

“Rita’s Garden” Candle

This Mexican-style pillar candle features stunning custom artwork by one Nicholas Ivins. Candle measures 8″ tall and 2.25″ wide. Wax color may differ from photo.
“Catalina”

“Catalina”

A relatively simple and traditional Day of the Dead portrait, this image still had enough requisite detail to keep me busy! Because of that, I didn't feel compelled to belabor the background too much. The name is a not-so-subtle allusion to catrina, which is synonymous in Mexico with the skeletal death figures associated with Dia de los Muertos (and is…
“Sea Turtle”

“Sea Turtle”

I'm definitely an animal person, in that I appreciate the myriad creatures that populate this planet—both as pets/companions, as well as a more emotionally-distant (yet equally strong) scientific vantage point. This appreciation has always extended to my artistic pursuits, as animals (particularly sea life) were the subjects of my first drawings as a child. I enjoy depicting animals with a…
“Rita’s Garden”

“Rita’s Garden”

I decided to revisit the "Rita" character I had done a couple years back. It bore a resemblance to the well-known Mexican artist (and culture icon) Frida Kahlo, so I based this depiction on one of the most iconic photos of Frida. I also made several other visual homages to her artwork in the background - lush foliage and thorns.…
“Maggie” Candle

“Maggie” Candle

This Mexican-style pillar candle features stunning custom artwork by one Nicholas Ivins. Candle measures 8″ tall and 2.25″ wide. Wax color may differ from photo.