Yes! I started this project back in 2013, but soon after accepted a second job that didn’t leave me with much time on my hands. That just slowed me down, I definitely did not quit the project. Instead of doing a one year project, I just let it expand in a 365 day, nonconsecutive schedule. It’s now 2016, and I’m currently working on catching up with the project’s blog, adding a lot of extras about human trafficking and everyday things we can all do to help and get involved. I want this project to have a further reach, so I will be working on getting it more internet traffic. It’s definitely not over, and I will keep working on it and adding new works in the near future.
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Possibly. Shoot me an email and I’d be happy to discuss it with you!
Personally, I can’t think of a worse nightmare to live than slavery, specifically in the sex slave trade. And sadly, most of the world’s other problems – such as poverty, lack of education, and war – all contribute to the problem of slavery and human trafficking. It’s mind boggling to think that in our modern world an estimated 27 million people live in slavery. What should the number of people living in slavery be? ZERO. No girl, boy, or child should ever be tied to a bed and raped multiple times a day. No man, woman, or child should be forced to do back-breaking hard labor without pay and without hope of a future. This is the last kind of life I’d ever want to live, so I find it unbearable that anyone out there is living it, let alone 27 million people.
When I first learned of modern slavery and human trafficking – the numbers and statistics and how victims come from every country and socio-economic background – I wracked my brain for months, depressingly wondering what little old me could do for such an overwhelmingly huge problem. In the end, I realized, I just have to start where I am. If you want to help, you just have to start where you are. All our little acts together will roll into something big. I started creating art to open a conversation on the issue, and write a blog that gives suggestions that each of us can do in our every day lives to help. You can help to! And if you can’t think of anything you can do right away, check out my blog for ways you can get started helping fight against human trafficking.
Not yet, but I am hoping to transition into fulltime art soon. Fingers crossed and working hard!
(Stay tuned for Headwall Comics! #beyzaiscoming )
When I am not painting and creating, I am working several seasonal jobs, including work as an eddy current NDE technician at nuclear power plants around the United States. One day soon, I hope to have a single occupation: That being art.
Of course, you play a big part in my dream! Checking out my work, signing up for my email, sharing my posts on social media, or buying my art all help me work towards this dream. No artist can exist alone. I feel overwhelming appreciation for all the support and encouragement I receive from people. Thank you one and all! I hope to prove you all right.
As far as painting goes, I am predominately a self taught artist.
For children’s book illustrations, I am a proud student and graduate of the Children’s Book Academy.
Practice, practice, practice is one of the best teachers!
Acrylic Paints – I primarily work with acrylic paint, specifically the heavy body kinds. I don’t like to wait around for my paint to dry, so acrylics make it easier for me to paint quickly. I also like the ability to just paint over something I don’t like or build foreground layers on top of background layers, so heavy bodies are needed in order to do that well.
Spray Paint – In early 2015, I tried my hand for the first time with spray paints. I really enjoyed it and am continuing to create a portfolio in the medium. If you like that style, sign up for my newsletter to be among the firsts to see the newest pieces!
Drawing – I usually stick with Charcoal or Ink. For portraits or character conceptual art I enjoy using charcoals – vine, pencil, or white. For illustrations or manga-style drawings, I like using both Faber-Castell artist ink pens and nib dip pens with India ink. I don’t get to work with them as much as I’d like to, but I enjoy them the most out of all the mediums.
I get asked this one a lot, and every time I wish I had a super clever answer to give. But really, I just fumble for an accurate description:
I hear a lot of artists say that it just came from somewhere beyond them to them, and a lot of times, I have to agree with that. Sometimes, I just open my eyes and it is there in my mind waiting for me. After a while, I imagine it’s like a storm inside, swirling around like a brewing natural disaster, and when I hold it in, it starts to hurt, but if I let it out, the excess forms outside into the new pieces that you see and the tempest inside calms down to a more agreeable level. I always have more ideas than I have time or – frankly – the skill to do.
Other times, I get ideas from things I see in the real world, or something I read in a book or saw in a movie, and the cooking pot in my mind starts mixing together a batch of something new and strange and completely different from the things that first inspired me. Occasionally, the inspiration comes from a strange dream I had the night before, probably caused by a mixture of real life events and fears and fantasies. Vision is my most heightened sense – mental images being an extension of that sense – so I think it’s fair to say that I receive a lot of inspiration from the things I see, both outside in the real world and inside my head in my imagination. I enjoy blending the two, and that’s often what you see come out on the canvas. As my skills catch up with my imagination, I will be able to show you more and more and more!
If that is something you’d like to see or purchase in the future, email me and tell me about it! If enough people say they want to see it too, I will try to make it happen.
Original Paintings – NO cash or credit refunds. All sales are final. If you are uncertain about size or look of a piece, I am happy to communicate with you and answer any questions about the work in questions before purchasing.
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