This series began in April 2013, just as I was finishing esthetics school. The mannequin I used for makeup practice — I call her Lolly — was my muse. One day, out of boredom and frustration, I took an image of Lolly from my iPad and deformed her. I liked what I saw so I added glaze, grunge, a few more distortions, a few drips, and finally had my first of more than 30 Ugly Beauties. This series is all about emotional caricatures. I find it fascinating to distort the blank face of a mannequin, somehow making the resulting image look more alive than the original. All Ugly Beauties evolved from this image of Lolly (inset), photographed with an iPad2 and edited with a variety of apps to create multiple personalities.
There were still a few winter trees lingering in May 2013 when this series began. I used my Olloclip fish eye lens and stood very close to the trees and focused the lens up into the branches. What I love about this series is that the trees look like people and seem to have different personalities. After I added some grunge effects they took on the look of a Rorschach inkblot test.
As spring bloomed, so did my softer side with this series that began in early May 2013. I had bought an Olloclip and was trying out the macro lens for the first time. I was also eager to try out some new app purchases: Aquarella which turns everything watercolor, and Superimpose, which allows you to blend images together.
I have an affinity for trees and it shows in a lot of my images. I especially love winter trees with their gangly limbs and gnarled branches that look like witch fingers. This series began in March 2013. I was only using Photoshop Touch at that time so all of these images were created in that app exclusively. I became fascinated with how many images of random stuff I could blend together to create these multi-layered pieces. Layers include photos of a doormat, wicker basket, dictionary page, and tree stump, just to name a few.
This was my very first series which I began in February 2013. It began with my attempt to figure out how to do art on my iPad. I saw lots of really cool digital art journaling and was trying to replicate it. Much as I tried, I could not do it. And still to this day, I cannot make a decent art journaling page (digital or not) to save my life. What I realized is that the art journaling I was trying to duplicate just didn’t resonate with me on a soul level, even though I thought the pages were beautiful. So, I just started playing around with some found images (old book illustrations) and put them together the way my heart wanted them. One of the old books I found on archive.org is The Heroines of Shakespeare (1850) which has the loveliest images of women. I taught myself Photoshop Touch with this series — all the images were created using only Photoshop Touch. I hadn’t learned how to move images into different apps for post-processing yet.
Past, current and ongoing series. Click on a photo below to see the series.