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…

A Lonely Forest Run

DETAILS: Year: 2012-2014 Medium: Photoshop Style: Gothic-Dark Influence: Metamodernism, Graphic Design Model:  N/A DESCRIPTION: A Photoshop study that I worked on over the years. IMAGE: < < < < < <     > > > > > > Previous | Art Portfolio Home | Next See more pieces! Back to all art!

Sanity

DETAILS: Year: 2009 Medium: Camera (Automatic) Style: Landscape Influence: Fine Art Photography Model: N/A DESCRIPTION: A few years ago, I was in Taiwan enjoying an artificial lake. Likely for tourist attraction, the lake had a strange tranquility to its murky water, and I wouldn’t have suspected any life in it were it not for…

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: < < < < < <  …

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…

“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…

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…

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,…

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…

Woeful

AWARD: NATIONAL RECOGNITION Teen Ink – Poetry Web Publication Privilege July 2014 Website Publication FOREWORD: Heartbreaks are a big deal, and thus, I wanted to capture the desolate feeling of loneliness. So horrible is the solitude that the speaker marries the sadness lest left alone. Even mourning, considered the first…

The Forest of Smoke

++++++++++My grandparents knew of a little girl who got lost in the forest– Gone: like clouds in the night, dissipated under the guile of the moon. ++++++++++They told me her name–Jessica Gray–, and they told me her problem–lunacy. “She was always very strange around evening time,” they told me. “Avoid…

A Solemn Service

AWARD: NATIONAL RECOGNITION Teen Ink – Community Service Essay Today’s #1 Voted Article July 15, 2014 Photos | | Website Publication FOREWORD: This essay was written in response to a volunteer trip to Mexico on January 11th, 2014. Though it took me a while to finish the essay (school got…

Everyday Domestic

DETAILS: Year: 2012, 2013, 2014 Medium:I Camera, Point-and-Shoot Camera Style: N/A Influence: N/A Model:  N/A DESCRIPTION: This is a four photograph series I submitted to Black Box Gallery. The concept was to compare our understanding of what “everyday domestic” meant–kitchen, laundry, bed. To us more privileged, our laundry is a machine; our bed is…

The Wanderlust Tragedy

AWARD: NATIONAL RECOGNITION Teen Ink – Poetry ☆ Editor’s Choice Award ☆ 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 of…

Inkwell Memories

Flickers of rose bend to the breeze As sadly backed, she sat abed Ushered under heartfelt unease The vermilion fire consumed her dread Consciousness under-minded fled To and into such flames of glee Keys embedded in thoughts instead Felt so content with false guarantees But at no point did she…

Dark Traditions

++++++++++I was taught to bow my head during sermon–to be still and solemn. We had to mourn while the man of the cloth read from his pocketbook, but I never understood why. ++++++++++Were we crying because he read so boringly? He sounded old and pretentious, like he had all the…

The Glistening Sea

++++++++++The sea of silk had beckoned her with its white luster and gentle motion. It swayed softly with the sun’s radiance, revealing crystal pearls and diamond gems in its waters. The ocean had never before seem so ephemeral, but then again, everything seemed more divine to her. What was blue…

Verse XXXXX 2011

Verse XXXXX I think it’s best if we leave it at that. A simple glance, a faint smile – it’s all that can be achieved from such a soft-edged face. I assure you, my dear friend, that I am content with loneliness and accepting of what imperfections that binds me…

November

Past the warm spring music And into fall cornet I stand so deathly still And wait for autumn’s threat As green bleeds from trees And flowers drain their rosette My gaze shifts to follow The verdure’s solemn set Fallen colors ascend slowly Due the frigid wind’s abet ‘Mindful of blooming…

May

Winds sing their mellow song New leaves splendor with fay Apple blossoms deem it true- There be no better day Petals drift in the cool breeze Light orchids tilt and pray Along the dainty daisy wall Birds find solace in play The sun shines like no other Flowers dance their…

The Sorrowfeed Flower

There is a shade of purple in this flower near winter’s start that tempts you grieve all that you have lost and all that you will lose. To have seen this flower would mean you are not immune to season’s cold wrath, and that, despite all your troubles and efforts—for…

The Winterbite Flower

The superstitious knew of our disbelief. I suppose it made sense—their silence when asked—that they refuted ever seeing such a color before. We wouldn’t bother to listen, so why should they bother to tell? Seeing such a color before… oh my. Winter’s silent set prompts a cold environment, but this…