Broken - Circa 2k17

Broken - Circa 2k17


I would say to any artist: ‘Don’t be repressed in your work, dare to experiment, consider any urge, if in a new direction all the better.
— Edward Weston

“Simulacrum” [sim-yeh-ley-krum] is defined as a “slight, unreal, or superficial likeness, image, form, representation, portrait or semblance of a person, thing or situation”.

Example: The Winged Goddess of Samothrace is a Simulacrum of the prow with an ingenious tree head.

Broken - A personal self-portrait depicting the challenges of a difficult life and the recovery that comes with a broken right hand. The piece was created left handed and took four computers to come to fruition.

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MacArthur Park

Josephine Aguayo, lost her battle to Breast Cancer at age 59. She was a generous, whimsical woman, whose love for laughter and Donna Summer were endless. She left me with her dying wish to create a piece from one of her favorite songs; MacArthur Park.

I took elements from the song and created “the yellow cotton dress, foaming like a wave on the ground beneath your knees”.

Fotographed baby “birds like tender babies in your hand” at the Rye Marshlands and hand drew the whimsical forest for the park.

And of course, there is a “cake that was left out in the rain.”

“Lil Josie” was a very giving person, and I included an homage to “The Giving Tree” with the tree stump emblazoned with “Me + Josie”.

The stars throughout the image represent each day in her life. (October 7, 1959 - May 7, 2019).

MODEL | Self-Scrutiny

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Hand of Pain

Tree Imagery - A hollow tree represents the condition of my right hand on most days; painful and stiff. The angels pray over it to take away the tears of my pain represented by water. The shells represent its frailty.

The elements were created from a hollow rree from the Rye Marshlands Conservancy. The Weeping Angel is the Donohue Monument at the Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY and the Hand is mine.

MODEL | Self-Scrutiny

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Entrapped Freedom

A Surreal Portrait

MODEL | Self-Scrutiny

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The Winged Goddess of Samothrace

Tree Imagery - The Sculpture of the Goddess is missing both her head and arms and is considered to me one of the most moving and inspirational pieces of the world. She resides & was fotographed in the Louvre, Paris, France. She was discovered by Charles Champoiseau in 1863 in Samothrace, Greece. She was created to stand at the prow of a ship around 200-190 BC.

The elements for her head were fotographed & created from trees which reside in Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY. The waves were fotographed in Larchmont, NY during a storm.

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Spawn & the Twisted Tree

Tree Imagery- The Spawn walks away from it's mother's grace. The tree resides in the Rockefeller State Park Reserve, Pleasantville, NY

MODEL | Self-Scrutiny

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Bella Donna

Tree Imagery - Bella Donna is an ultra feminine "Alien Tree Dragon" contemplating the Universe. The tree pictured here resides in the Met Cloisters, New York.

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Tree Imagery - Depicts a woman with Acute Pain Syndrome. The Tree is a symbol of her nervous system and the "mask" is the face of pain rearing it's ugly head. The tree resides at the Met Cloisters, NY

MODEL | Sandra Ayala

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Princess Margarite

The Pearl Goddess - Guardian of Pearls and Protector of the Sea

MODEL | Gabi Galarza

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The Summoning

The Necromancer a series of three fotos begins to battle through time to summon the raging sea in an effort to bring balance to the universe and water to people in need. In the process, time is suspended.

MODEL | Self-Scrutiny

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The Conjuring

Depicts the Necromancer challenging the universe to raise the Sea in all it's glory and dispels darkness.

MODEL | Self-Scrutiny

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The Over Lord

The Sea Conjurer raises the Sea and prays for peace in a turbulent world.

MODEL | Self-Scrutiny

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Leave Out All the Rest

In Memoriam to Chester Bennington, Lead Singer of Linkin Park - March 20, 1k76 – July 20, 2k17

"When my time comes; Forget the wrong that I've done
Help me leave behind some reasons to be missed
And don't resent me, and when you're feeling empty
Keep me in your memory; Leave out all the rest"

THE THIN TREE | A life has always living on the edge, at times in panic and simply dangling.

MODEL | Self Scrutiny

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Escaping Thoughts

“Let your dark thoughts turn into Enlightened Butterflies”

MODEL | Self Scrutiny

Battle Legacy

The Battle Legacy of a woman who, against all odds, has survived adversity with her health and existence while she fights Leukemia. She stands tall, strong and steadfast to face her unfolding journey.

Jean, the model in this portrait, requested her "chemo port" be featured to embrace her fight. At the time of this portrait, she is 24 years old.

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Peaceful Chant

“Om Mani Padme Hum” –

Om (ohm)- Om is the sound or “vibration” of the universe. This sound is the most important of all; but in the context of chanting and mantras, it is meant destroy attachments to ego and establish generosity.

Ma (mah)- Removes the attachment to jealousy and establishes ethics.

Ni (nee)- Removes the attachment to desire and establishes patience.

Pad (pahd)- Removes the attachment to prejudice and establishes perseverance.

Me (meh)- Removes the attachment to possessiveness and establishes concentration.

Hum (hum)- Removes the attachment to hatred and establishes wisdom.

MODEL | Self Scrutiny

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The Earth that Binds Me

Stay, she must, in this earthly realm for mans' Ancestral sins.

May the souls lost find their rightful way.

MODEL | Lidia


The Death of Art

A Self-Portrait depicting Frida Kahlo behind bars contemplating her love of art and her love of Islam.

Which would she choose living in this modern World?

MODEL | Self Scrutiny


Moon Gurl

A girl looks to the moon for advice and the quest of true love.

MODEL | Self Scrutiny


The Hunted

Based on an experience of encountering illegal hunters shooting in a protected Marshlands, the hunted is based on the “Deer's” Point of View.

MODEL | Self Scrutiny

Inspired by Frida Kahlo


My Limbo contains elements of my life – Children, past ghosts, and entrapment.

MODEL | Self Scrutiny

Inspired by Max Ernst