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Downtown view


The view from our office at Oculus Story Studio, painted from life, right in front of my desk! I am going to miss this studio so much!



As ridiculous pet portrait as I could make.


Declaration of women’s rights


Last year I had the immense pleasure and honor to work on a collective illustrated book of the declaration of WOMEN’s rights.
It collects the articles in the 1791 declaration by Olympe de Gouges, as well as the 1967 United Nations declaration on the elimination of discrimination against women.

Thank you so much Gérald Guerlais for inviting me to be a part of this wonderful project, and congratulations to all fellow artists who did such gorgeous work on it. This feels particularly relevant in today’s insane political climate, but misogyny has been around forever and needs to be fought fiercely.

This is my illustration of the UN declaration’s article 8: “All appropriate measures, including legislation, shall be taken to combat all forms of traffic in women and exploitation of prostitution of women”


Declaration of human rights


Hi there! This is my contribution for the book “Nothing to declare? Yes, human rights!” published by editions du chêne in France. A collective of artists from all over have illustrated the articles of the declaration of human rights. A wonderful project in which I was very honored to work on article 2:

“Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.”

Thank you Gerald Guerlais for putting together the project, and congratulations to all the amazing contributing artists. The publication will be available in January from Amazon France, shipping everywhere:




In the news

Here are some studies, mainly from news footage:




Punch, punch.



Adams point


View from my window in Oakland. I moved here a couple of months ago and I love it, it has a lot of character. After living in Europe for so long, it is a huge contrast to have architecture be purely functional. There is no room for ornamentation here, but in a way I really like it, it allows for bolder abstractions of things. -digital

On location




End of an era


PDI/DreamWorks, the studio in which I worked for the past 2+ years is sadly closing down. This was such a wonderful experience for me, I am so thankful to have had this opportunity in which I grew so much both on a personal and professional way. Thanks to everyone in our team, I wish you all the best adventures for the future, and I hope our paths will cross again soon!



…and quiet. -Digital

Outdoor abstraction


Lately I’ve been feeling that studying color and light pushes me into a corner. I don’t want it to be just about capturing the subject; There are so many other things to explore, expression, abstraction, texture (to whatever degree it can be done digitally). I tried to mix light and abstraction here, and it ended up looking like an outdoor installation! Lots more to explore over here. -Digital

Sine wave


1/2 wavelength composition. – Digital

The Dear Leader


– Oil on canvas

Explosion fields





I enjoyed composing this image, a recursive, fractal arrangement of rectangles. I’m really into the urban landscape these days…I was also looking at the way Degas used pretty bold color choices, but they still hold together in a natural way.



Here’s to bullies of all ages. -Digital



Every year there is a crazy big wheel downhill race near my place. This was a leftover competitor (probably broken and left out to die). -Oil



Did this sketch for a speedpaint session. 30 mins. -Digital

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