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The Ascension Series; 3 paintings which celebrate our ability to overcome and transcend any obstacles we may face.
The Ascension Series; 3 paintings which celebrate our ability to overcome and transcend any obstacles we may face.
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After 14 years of not painting due to depression and self-sabotage, I'm back on track to fulfilling my life's purpose; to help make the world a more beautiful, compassionate place through my art. I recently completed the first painting "Invictus Anima", but need to continue painting so that I can solidify these newly found positive habits and re-ignited work-ethic. Finishing 2 similar pieces of art will most certainly do that, and that's where you and your support come in. Thank you for looking :)

UPDATE - here's an image of my second painting which is currently in progress:

Graphite Sketch of New Painting: 12"x15"
Graphite Sketch of New Painting: 12"x15"
INVICTUS ANIMA original oil painting; 30"x40". Limited Edition Prints and Giclee Canvas Prints are also available.
INVICTUS ANIMA original oil painting; 30"x40". Limited Edition Prints and Giclee Canvas Prints are also available.

All paintings below were completed in 1998. The exception is "Demonatrix", which was started in 1998, then painted over and touched up in 2008 as a failed attempt to rekindle my love for art. You can probably notice the shift in my work from dark and sinister (all art below), to a more positive outlook despite life's chaos (my new painting above).

DEMONATRIX original oil painting; 24"x30"
DEMONATRIX original oil painting; 24"x30"
NEMESIS original oil painting; 15"x20"
NEMESIS original oil painting; 15"x20"
EPIC original oil painting; 16"x18"
EPIC original oil painting; 16"x18"
GATEWAY original oil painting; 15"x20"
GATEWAY original oil painting; 15"x20"
HUNGER original painting (oils, acrylics, pencils); 15"x20"
HUNGER original painting (oils, acrylics, pencils); 15"x20"
UNTITLED (butterfly) oil painting; 22"x30"
UNTITLED (butterfly) oil painting; 22"x30"
NEO-GYPSY original oil painting; 10"x15"
NEO-GYPSY original oil painting; 10"x15"
PUNK original oil painting; 10"x15"
PUNK original oil painting; 10"x15"
SPECTRA original oil painting; 11"x14"
SPECTRA original oil painting; 11"x14"

What Will The Money Go Towards?

Your support will help to cover the costs of art prints and art supplies; paints, brushes, canvasses, etc. and it will allow me to focus 100% of my time on completing the other 2 images. 

Also, eventually, I'll hire someone to develop an art website. And It's my larger, long-term goal to create an online and offline community to help aspiring and struggling artists, especially critical since funding for the arts is being cut from education budgets all across the country. But that's for another day.

REWARDS & SHIPPING

All rewards have U.S. shipping already included! For international shipping, please add the additional amounts as indicated. Prints will be shipped in a protective mailer tube, while original paintings will be shipped in flat packaging. All will have tracking and signature confirmation required. The paintings are ready to ship as soon as the Kickstarter campaign is funded and completed, though the business cards, postcards and prints will take a few weeks to prepare. I'll keep backers updated!

Risks and challenges

I don't smoke, drink or do drugs. Hell, I'm a vegan and am basically 'straight edge', so none of your money is going towards any bad habits, just my best habit; which I can proudly say, once again, is painting.

I still work quite slowly, so there may be a chance that it will take me a bit longer than expected to complete the next two paintings. But my goal is to finish the next (2nd) painting within 6 weeks. I'll be starting on it soon and updating Backers via Kickstarter and Facebook.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me!

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    My business card with an image of "Invictus Anima" on one side, and my contact info on the other. Feel free to contact me, especially if you're an aspiring artist like myself.

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    Absolutely Nothing! Except, of course, my deepest heartfelt thanks. :) This is for those who like to give without getting physical "stuff" in return. But your positive intentions WILL be returned to you x10!

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    A signed 4x6 image of "Invictus Anima". This will be available only through the Kickstarter campaign, and won't be offered at any other time.

    Also, all Backers of any reward will be given access to behind-the-scenes photo updates of my painting process (much like the time-lapse photos you saw in the video). Not a pretty sight, but it'll be a fun way to see the current progress of my next painting.

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    Original Sketch of 2nd painting currently in progress.12"x15"

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    11"x15" Limited Edition Print of "Invictus Anima". Signed and numbered. Only 100 will be made. Includes a business card and a 4x6 postcard as well.

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    Original 'Final' Sketch of "Invictus Anima" (14"x17") along with 2 other preliminary sketches showing the progression of the image.

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    "Spectra" original oil painting on canvas board 11"x14". Includes the $5 and $20 rewards.

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    "Punk" original oil painting on board 10"x15". Includes the $5 and $20 rewards.

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    "NeoGypsy" original oil painting on canvas board 10"x15". Includes the $5 and $20 rewards.

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    "Butterfly" original oil painting on stretched canvas 22"x30". Includes the $5 and $20 rewards.

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    "Hunger" original painting (mixed: oil, acrylic, colored pencil) on board 15"x20". Includes the $5 and $20 rewards.

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    "GateWay" original oil painting on board 15"x20". Includes the $5 and $20 rewards.

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    15"x20" Limited Edition Giclee print of "Invictus Anima" on stretched canvas. Only 10 will be made. Includes a business card and 4x6 postcard as well.

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    "Nemesis" original oil painting on board 15"x20". Includes the $5 and $20 rewards.

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    "Epic" original oil painting on canvas board 16"x18". Includes the $5 and $20 rewards.

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    "Demonatrix" original oil painting on stretched canvas 24"x30". Includes an 11"x15" Limited Edition Print of "Invictus Anima" (the $120 reward) along with the $5 and $20 rewards.

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    The 2nd, currently Untitled oil painting that I'm working on is 24"x30". The graphite sketch has recently been posted. I anticipate this being completed in late April, though likely won't be able to ship out until May 2013.
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    Original 30"x40" oil painting of "Invictus Anima". Includes an 11"x15" Limited Edition Print (to give as a gift?) and the $5 and $20 rewards.

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