“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.  
“Julius” Candle

“Julius” 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.
“Maggie”

“Maggie”

I had been wanting to do a New Orleans-themed couple for a while, as well as incorporate some ethnic diversity beyond the Latino and white (but occasionally Asian) people most of my Day of the Dead stuff features. I went with a vintage style for the clothes and hairstyle and incorporated some tombs and graveyards of New Orleans. And the…
“Julius”

“Julius”

I had been wanting to do a New Orleans-themed couple for a while, as well as incorporate some ethnic diversity beyond the Latino and white (but occasionally Asian) people most of my Day of the Dead stuff features. I went with a vintage style for the clothes and hairstyle and incorporated some tombs and graveyards of New Orleans. And the…
“Penny”

“Penny”

I'd wanted to do a pin-up Day of the Dead girl for a while, as well as indulge my interest in 1950's culture. I've never been much of a car guy, but I do appreciate the art and craftsmanship of classic American cars, so I threw some in there, including a beautiful Chevy Bel-Air. This was the first time I've…
“Reina II” Candle

“Reina II” 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.
“Reina II”

“Reina II”

The first "Reina" was one of my first Day of the Dead pieces, and I wanted to revisit the buxom character with an updated look. I liked the idea of presenting her as if some time had passed, thus the elaboration on her tattoos. I enjoyed depicting a more interesting angle and lighting source, and overall the piece is a…