I started drawing mandala styled doodles several years ago as a calming exercise if I was experiencing moments of high anxiety. Setting up lines and repeating patterns would help slow my mind down and I would get a small boost of confidence with each one completed. They started out monochrome, mostly using black, brown, and the occasional burgundy. Over the years I started embellishing the designs, making them more intricate, way more colorful, and “glammed” them up with jewel-like shapes. They sort of take on a life of their own and become more extravagant the longer I go.
My naming system for each drawing is best described as whimsical and non-sensical. I typically finish, take a few moments looking at it, then write down the first couple of words that spring to mind. I feel it is another little feature of these pieces still being a calming exercise, a little Rorschach Test, and mind clearer.
I have mostly worked with pen and marker but I’ve started working my style of art into several new mediums. If you want to check out more on my Instagram.
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San Francisco based multi-media artist. Mostly work with pen and marker, but dabble with paints, jewelry and welding. Read more »