Size: 24"W x 18"H x 0.5"D
Year Created: 2018
This painting is a self portrait and a narrative of my life in that moment. I titled this painting Odyssey because during the time I painted it I was about to move to Colorado. The long road up to the mountain represents my journey here. The flaming sunrise is a symbol of new hope and passion. In my right hand I hold a illegible book to represent my struggles with my learning disability, but it is worn because I am hungry for knowledge and to get more of an education so I continuously try. In my left hand I hold a paintbrush, painting a "Butter-fly" into existence. The cross species insect is from an important dream I had when I was little and represents my interest in dreams and other states of consciousness. The sky and sea morphing into each other further represents my interest in the surreal states. The little silhouetted man on a boat is from an ancient Filipino belief that after you passed this spirit would be the one to bring you to your ancestors to be reunited. This represents my interest in my heritage and the ever looming knowledge of my mortality driving me to live life to the fullest and to not to be scared to live how I really wish to.
Born to a American father and Filipino mother in Houston, Texas then raised in the Philippines for most of my childhood. I now live in Denver, Colorado with my girlfriend and two pet rats where I work and go to school as a art major. Some of my current interest include my cultural heritage, living with Dyslexia, the different states of consciousness. I am inspired by the styles of surreal and visionary art. I work in a variety of mediums: painting in acrylic and oils, drawing, photography, video, and digital graphics. The arts has always been a part of my life. I've been drawing since I was two years old. While attending Clear Springs High school I was in the Theatre Tech program for two years and the Audio/Video program for three years. I began experimenting with photography around that time too. Telling a story though a camera, on the stage and working with a film crew captured my imagination. I went to college first as a Film major but I switched to a Art major after finding myself gravitating to explore other forms of visual arts to play more with other mediums to express and in turn learn more. Award: In spring 2015 I placed First in Painting in the Bosque Gallery at Lonestar-Cyfair Community College. You can see more of my work on my website: and email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org