The tempest and the Fire

A retelling of Beauty and the Beast, and a work in progress.

After taking money from the Silver City to help an impoverished farmer, Eris is all but guaranteed imprisonment. She yearns to escape, but she loves her sisters and father too much to leave. Every night, she dreams of a shadow that lies beyond a crack in a mountain, believing it will save her from this life. A crack that she, as a child, unknowingly created with forbidden magic.

When her father dies, she flees the City in despair, delving through the crack she created only to discover a dead forest of ash. Starving and disappointed, she slaughters a panther cub to survive, which unwittingly draws the wrath of the Beast – an immortal figure sealed away from the rest of the world.

Agreeing to restore life to his dead land as penance for her actions, Eris learns how to control her magic under his tutelage. The longer she stays, the more her fear of him turns into affection. But what she thought was a simple promise begins to unravel into a tale of revenge, as she discovers the Beast’s secret past entwined with the City. The City isn’t what it seems, and the Beast intends to destroy it all, including Eris’s family.

Eris now faces an impossible choice: save her sisters and perpetuate the City’s lies, or reveal the truth and help the Beast exact his vengeance.

Disney Women Series

Ten paintings of Disney’s iconic female characters.

In September, I went to Disneyland for a vacation. There’s a glut of marketing materials of Disney princesses in very delicate poses. You know, one leg is slightly bent inwards, the head is tilted, shiny skirts everywhere. They’re all removed from the context of their stories which gave them their personalities. To me they are reduced to bodies parading pretty dresses.

One goal was at the forefront of my mind when setting about painting this series: to capture Disney’s women in positions of power and strength. These were the women that I grew up and identified with.

The sixth Equinox

A Hades/Persephone illustrated novel based on Receiver of Many by Rachel Alexander.

Persephone returns to Hades for the sixth time, both unsure and anxious of their feelings for each other. Journey through their six months of waiting before their reunification, bound to their roles through the will of the Fates, and face their temptations to throw the cosmos into chaos in order to return.

2017 Con Schedule:

Aug 25-27: Comic Con Palm Springs
Sept 2-3: Long Beach Comic Con
Sept 28-Oct 1: Anime Weekend Atlanta
Oct 27-29: LA Comic Con
Nov 17-19: AnimeNYC

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