“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…
“Nishiki”

“Nishiki”

Another entry in a series of mermaids, this is (obviously) a koi-based creature (the title being a loose translation of the Japanese word for "koi"). I liked the idea of placing her within the context of a koi pond, and layering the elements over her to create some depth, like the lily pads and water surface. Visually, it's fun to…
“Gurita”

“Gurita”

This piece combined my interests in the female form, animals, and mythological creatures (medusas/mermaids). I've always liked the idea of mermaids that are based on other sea creatures besides fish. I went all-out with the detail, which is exhausting and time-consuming, but there is also a nearly meditative quality to the repetition. It's more a matter of filling in details…