Working 12 was created by making one painting per month for the course of a year. It is a reflection and response log meditating on broader topics such as empowerment, toxicity, solidarity, current events, and social justice, as well as personal relationships, struggles, and accomplishments, and life changes.
Working 12 uses heavy symbolism, repeated themes, and a constant 16x16 format.
The In-Between is both the name of this piece, as well as is a mental state I've been exploring for the past several years. It is meditation, very akin to walking meditation, but instead painting meditation. Its result is an even, unbroken channeling and flow of things ranging from a topics on a greater social context to directly from my life, and then all onto paper.
Here I use symbolism repeated throughout my work (frogs, seeds, tiger) to allow for an unbroken channel to represent themes of new opportunity and opening life paths. . When seen in real life, you can read scrawled at the bottom, "Focus on pale yellow sun at middle." . The idea is when focusing on the little sun, the less defined clouds then appear and you see a different drifting world separate from the rest of the painting... this the feeling of being in the In-Between.