Sophomore Art (university level)

The birds and the bees, a long existing reference to spring love.

Bees may not yet be in this early spring image, but the birds are! All from Love is my scratchboard project inspired by an older news article about a bird couple. The story is sad, but I’ll tell you about it. The female bird was struck by a car. Her cries caught the attention of her lover. When the male seen what had happened to his lover, he screamed and ‘yelled’ in distress, confusion, and agony from the accident. He stayed by her side, hoping she would get up. He even brought her food to encourage her, but she couldn’t get up due to her injuries. The male stayed beside his lover until she passed.

That story tugs at my heart every time I look at this image; it actually makes me sad and sometimes teary eyed. I’d prefer not to keep this piece, as it only saddens me. If this piece sold, I’d be happy to send it off. I’m sure another person could look at this and appreciate its beauty and work, and I did put a lot of work into this piece. I had made this as a sophomore, and I wonder how much difference would show between then and now if I were to make a similar piece. I’m not particularly a fan of working with scratchboard, but this was fun to work on.


 One of my absolute favorite pieces that I’ve made, this is Winter Playtime. This piece features one of my dogs, a shih tzu named Boston. This accurately depicts him as the fluffy “fat head” that he is! I call him fathead because there’s so much more fluff on his head than the rest of his little body! He’s really a playful little sweetheart though. The first year my family had him, I took him out for a nice walk out on the back trails in winter. I remember him standing and looking about, and this piece was directly influenced by that memory. I very much enjoyed working on this piece ❤

Watercolor on illustration board.

Let begin the uploading of my favorite sophomore works of art! These pieces I really want to upload here quickly to show everyone, and then I can get back to posting my new works!

To start things off, here’s Family Men, my “celebrity with a pet” portrait. I chose to elongate Sandler’s head, as we all know he himself likes to poke fun at his “egg shaped head”. For me, it was a no brainer to pair him with a labrador retriever! Labs are wonderful family pets; kind, sweet, loving, funny, snuggly, loyal friends in a doggie body. Sandler himself comes off as a family man, caring about his family and loving to them.

Why is the lab white, you ask?

The lab is white for two reasons: to reflect the purity of heart both the loving family dog and the family man have, and due to the fact that this portrait does have a partner to accompany it!

The partner piece to my Sandler portrait, Interconnected is about the absolutely pure, spiritual connection between Sri Anandamayi Ma and the peacock. The peacock’s job is to take all of the negative things out of the world. For doing this great duty for the world, the peacock’s feathers are turned brilliant colors! Anadamayi was a beautifully spiritual figure in India, and during her life brought light to this world ❤

I hate, with all the fibers of my being, HATE fur farming.

This piece, Stewards of the Earth, came about after I read an article on fur farming in Finland, and the disgusting conditions of many of them. Being a Christian country, they inspired me to take the Christian idea of being a “steward of the earth” and taking care of God’s creations. Those people that torture these animals, skin them alive, bludgeon them to death, stick electric rods up the anus of an animal and electrocute it to death…they’re not taking care of God’s creation. I don’t care what your religious background is. Each of the major world religions mentions taking care of the lord’s creations, not torturing them to death. Fur farming is disgusting and a shame to humanity. Those people are not human, they are monsters for what they do to those animals.

I’m very well aware that not all fur farming practices are like the ones I’ve read about, but I am still very against any and all practices like this, commercial farming included. There’s better ways to feed