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Self Portrait: Impressionism

DETAILS: Year: 2011-2012 Medium: Acrylic, Watercolor Style: Broken brush Influence: Impressionism Model: “Night Lights” by Leonid Afremov DESCRIPTION: I’d like to think of myself more an optimist rather than lover or a fighter. On rainy days, I keep my feet off the ground and away from puddles; I form my own sunshine when gloom…

Telltale Frameworks

DETAILS: Year: 2014 Medium: Ink, Photoshop Style: Landscape Realism Influence: Romanticism’s nature ideals Model: European city Photostock picture. DESCRIPTION: “Telltale Frameworks” challenges our misconception of civilization. While clock towers symbolize the passage of time, there is really no time-told achievement to be proud of: still the town appears ghostly and ominous, still the buildings…

Neoclass Is the New Class

DETAILS: Year: 2014 Medium: Graphite, Photoshop Style: Fashion Illustration Influence: Neoclassicism, Neoclassical fashion, summer clothing brands Model: Oscar de la Renta’s work DESCRIPTION: A friend once told me the Neoclassical era was the worst era to be born in as a stylist—all there was were plain, white gowns. I set out to prove her wrong….

Modern Vanitas I

DETAILS: Year: 2011-2012 Medium: Acrylic Style: Renaissance Art Influence: Renaissance, Vanitas Model: “Still Life with Bouquet and Skull” by Adriaen van Utrecht DESCRIPTION: One of my earlier pieces. Trying sfumato and chiaroscuro, I treated this piece more as a visual for what I learned in Art History rather than just a composition piece with…

Morning Mirror Reality

DETAILS: Year: 2014 Medium: Clay, Varnish, Acrylic, Wood, Frame Style: Classical Influence: Classicism, Greek Individualism, Consumerism, American Perfectionism Model: “Bust of Lucius Verus” DESCRIPTION: The American pursuit for perfection is reflected in this marble-esque statue. The age-old societal pressures for beauty and fitness produce perfectly sculpted figures but at a…

Settled Hearts

AWARD: NATIONAL RECOGNITION Just Poetry, National Poetry Quarterly: Live Poets Society of New Jersey Topical Winner, Published Poet Published in Of Love and Dedication, Oct 2014 Certifications FOREWORD: See the explanation here. TEXT: Dearest ivory, There’s a special sheen to your smile And a suzy shimmer in your eyes, Everything about everglades…

Castle Among the Peaks

AWARD: NATIONAL RECOGNITION Celebrating Art Published Artist Published in coffee table quality Celebrating Art Summer 2014 Sept 2014 Certifications FOREWORD: The mysterious castle sits alone in the snowy peaks of a rugged mountain. Casted aglow by luminescence, the castle radiates its own mystery. IMAGE: < < < < < <  …

Mourn with Me

AWARD: NATIONAL RECOGNITION Creative Communications ☆ Editor’s Choice Award ☆ Semi-finalist, Published Poet Published in The Stars in Our Hearts Aug 2011 Photos FOREWORD: N/A POETRY TEXT: For those who do suffer Please let it be known I wish to empathize – You’re not on your own If your heart ever bled For…

Misty Spaces

AWARD: NATIONAL RECOGNITION Teen Ink – Photography ☆ Editor’s Choice Award ☆ July 2014 Website Publication FOREWORD: As a teenager, I often pass by my school’s cafeteria–crowded, loud, and commonplace. A common place, it wasn’t a golden plaque in honor of our school’s founder; it wasn’t a landmark of longevity like our school’s oldest…

A Microcosm of Color

AWARD: NATIONAL RECOGNITION Teen Ink – Photography Web Publication Privilege July 2014 Website Publication FOREWORD: I used a professional camera provided by the school to take this piece. Found on a nearby flower, these ants, perhaps unknown to them, embody nature’s gift of beauty and strength. This shot, zoomed quite closely,…

“Churos”

AWARD: NATIONAL RECOGNITION Teen Ink – Photography Web Publication Privilege July 2014 Website Publication FOREWORD: This was a piece I took during a volunteer trip to Mexico. In reality, the wall in the picture is curved as it wraps around the street corner. I played with the perspective to make it…

Seasons of Dead Water

AWARD: NATIONAL RECOGNITION Poetry Nation | National Amateur Poetry Competition Semi-finalist, Published Poet Published in Across the Way August 2014 Certifications FOREWORD: The speaker has done something for the sake of pride. Now guilty, he falls into absolute despair. His sadness is isolating, and even the warmth and happiness of…

Talk: Settled Hearts

The Poem’s Concept The common idea of settlement is satisfaction. The idea of a settling down, setting on someone, hearts settled is a final act that implies you’ve found what you’re looking and are happy enough to stop looking. The speaker of this poem has fallen in love, and that…

Harald and the Herald of Silence

AWARD: NATIONAL RECOGNITION Teen Ink – Short Story Web Publication Privilege July 2014 Website Publication FOREWORD: The speaker has been diagnosed with explorative spirit and colorful imagination, but misunderstood by a society of hard logic. His parents insisted a more tempered lifestyle, forcing the speaker to commit a self cleansing. Drained…

Silk Sheets

We sat among silent serenades and supper as the silk sheets passed over us. In the gentle clinks of shining silverware and the nonexistent murmurs of small talk, the beating of hearts cried breathlessly. It was a spellbinding experience among the soirée—filled with mellow music and pleasant food—yet it lacked…

Purple Vineyard

++++++++++Mistress Phoebe always grew green grapes on the wrought iron. From whatever tradition I did not know, but she always told me to make sure: the green grapes on the trellis, the purple ones on the soil beds. “The greens were best. Sweet for flavor, but green for sour.” ++++++++++I…

Verse XXXXXI 2011

Verse XXXXXI Hello again, Miss. Glad you could sit down for another tale. You know, I’ve been contemplating on whether I should continue these unhealthy habits. After all, my stories aren’t exactly the most beneficial, but at some point in time, I must have felt their importance. I needed to…

Settled Hearts

Dearest ivory, There’s a special sheen to your smile And a suzy shimmer in your eyes, Everything about everglades Emulate our exciting ties How tremendously I treasured you In troves ton-and-teeming But our tender thoughts thus Traveled lost and leaning As lepid loves lighten Like unlasting loves oft’ do Lieu,…

Seasons of Dead Water

AWARD: NATIONAL RECOGNITION Teen Ink – Poetry Web Publication Privilege July 2014 Website Publication FOREWORD: N/A POETRY TEXT: Summer rains bring sunshine warmth But such signs just poorly augur For ending rains mean wind-blown leaves And a happiness forced to wander I tread along once beaten paths Now disarrayed with brown color…

Grave of Dreams

Yesterday was the memorial. We had gone out and missed it. Perhaps it was meant to be, for no one had ever kissed it. Goodbye, went the mourner, the only soul who came. She had arranged her own funeral; the service, too, the same. The night was still eerie, and…

Pitter Patter

AWARD: NATIONAL RECOGNITION Creative Communications Published Poet Published in A Celebration of Poets – Summer 2014 Dec 2014 FOREWORD: Will be published in Creative Communications’ come December! The speaker of poem finds himself in an unfamiliar situation. Normally, all these natural sounds would have woken her, but when they fail to…

Yellow Strand

Maybe she knows of a quieter memory While she dangles her feet on the yellow beach Then the sound of waves behind sea debris Collides with the strand so sadly Sensations unbeknownst to the bourgeoisie Are to her and self also quite out of reach For under yellow shade sat…

Nightfall Loans

Midnight silence forebodes a shadowy blue That distorts reality into fantasies of its own And within a night, the petal blacks bled through Like spots of supernatural undertones Sable eyes under moonlit night peeped anew To view a fabled valley to sadness-prone But before twilight coffers had chance to accrue…

Talk: Castle of Poets

In quiet keep, sat him in sleep In a quiet castle, quiet control (meaning you are in control and no one knows, history poet no one really hitnks about who’s writing and takes for granted; in he’s control), quiet life (keep = subsistence) meaning he lives there and no one…

Armor of Brittle Ice

Two soldiers joined battalions at dawn’s first yawn Amidst shouts of war, one wore one more ++++++++++To say, “Two layers should suffice” While the other hurried down the alley ++++++++++With his armor of brittle ice The first was second to fight The second was first to lead ++++++++++While similar cries…