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Art Photography

Experiencing Nature

I love nature. This is just a fact. Nothing makes me happier then when I am completely immersed in it. I can spend hours hiking the trails and get absolutely gleeful when I happen across a family of deer or get into a staring contest with a wild turkey (this is a true story, btw.) That’s why I’m completely heartbroken with the duress our natural environments are currently living in. But rather than focusing only on the negative and pointing fingers and blaming, I am looking at this situation differently and clearly focusing on what I can do to engage with the public and create thought provoking, eco-conscious work.

Nature is a very impactful force, and its beauty needs to be protected on all sides. It influences us in many positive ways, such as offering clarity of mind, melting away stress, and giving an outlet to where we can enjoy time by ourselves. The great outdoors, however, doesn’t necessarily mean we have to make long and detailed trips to the greatest national parks of the world (though that would be awesome) it can simply mean we go out into our own backyards and breathe in the freshness of our gardens. There is so much to see, embrace and be grateful for.

In my newest body of work, Experiencing Nature, that’s exactly what I’m doing – experiencing nature. From the smallest details of watching rabbits plot courses to eat the garden strawberries or feeling the strain of the current global climate crises. I’ve made it a personal mission to dedicate more of my time to being out and studying the qualities of nature and what I can do to personally change my behaviors and put more of an emphasis on protecting it for the future.

About 75% of my newest artworks are now in a digital format This allows for me to have a print-on-demand system that also allows for me to pick more sustainable inks and papers. I have been training myself in digital painting and drawing techniques so I can start to eliminate the amount of waste produced when I work in traditional methods. Now, I’m not saying there is anything wrong with wanting to work traditionally (as I also still do, on occasion,) but I find working digitally and print-on-demand to be an environmentally conscious decision for the future.   

This body of work is an ongoing series that I feel will just evolve as time goes by. I’m both intrigued and curious as to what direction these works can go but will be mindful daily and react accordingly.

In the meantime, go outside and experience nature!

Food for the Monarchs – 48.8 x 36.8in – Art Print on – Hahnemühle William Turner paper
Guess Where Wild Asparagus Grows – 48.8 x 36.8in – Art Print on – Hahnemühle William Turner paper
Let the Sphinx Find the Agave – 48.8 x 36.8in – Art Print on – Hahnemühle William Turner paper

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Art Publication

Mid-Century Modern Artists

Excerpt from the article 27 “New” Mid-Century Modern Artists to Watch. You can find the included pieces on my Saatchi Art site, along with many other works!

Thank you, Obsessed With Art for your beautifully written article!

17. Liz Mares

Liz Mares is an American artist who comes from a working-class family and has lived in a heavily industrial area. All the graffiti of nearby train cars encouraged Liz’s use of hard edges and sharp angles, while the surrounding industrial factories helped her learn about balance and perspective. But it was her mom’s vintage sewing patterns that introduced her to the wonderful world of Mid-Century style, especially the Atomic Age. “I can remember being drawn to the space-age feel,” Liz recounts. “Particularly the distinct and crisp edges. The colors were bold and a bit over the top, but it was this risk-taking of shape and forms that resonated so vibrantly.”

Pink Clouds and Licorice
Archival Digital Print on Hemp Paper
26in x 26in (printed surface 24inx24in)

The Shark and the Dove
Archival Digital Print on Hemp Paper
26in x 26in (printed surface 24inx24in)

Paradise Island
Archival Digital Print on Hemp Paper
26in x 26in (printed surface is 24in x 24in)

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Mental Health

Just trust me!

I know what I’m doing!

But I was completely and utterly out of control.

I always thought I had my shit together, that every move, risk, and decision I made was the best choice to achieving a successful career. It wasn’t until my devastating breakdown, of 2018, that I realized my “Just trust me! I know what I’m doing!” was actually a complete mental implosion, exacerbated by my untreated Bipolar II disorder.

This realization didn’t stop me from my Tasmanian meltdown, where I totally uprooted my art career by destroying works, relationships and worst of all, trust. Everything that I had worked so hard to build completely collapsed under my feet in a matter of days. It was catastrophic. I was completely entrenched in a psychosis I couldn’t seem to get out of and had no plausible explanation for.

The next two years, I fell in and out of this state. Building. Destroying. Building. Destroying. This was my destructive cycle, but I always thought I could get it under control. My mantra became, “I’m not gonna be this way anymore. I’m better, so don’t worry about me. Just trust me.” And consistently it was brought to my attention that I was NOT in control.  So, in September 2020 (after another meltdown) I had had enough and found help for my erratic behavior with DBT therapy. This has absolutely changed my life.

Why am I sharing such personal information?

Mental illness is a difficult subject to talk about, always has been and probably always will be. It carries with it a certain amount of shame, making it terribly uncomfortable to disclose, especially on a professional level. Ironically, I thought it would be mental health disclosure that ultimately destroyed my art career.

It took me months, of diligently working the DBT program, before I started to realize that nothing which is destroyed can’t be built again. It just takes time, consistency, and patience. I understand that in my years of self-destruction I have damaged a lot of trust (both personally and professionally) and It’s not without a certain amount of comprehension that this trust may be impossible to mend. Even though I’m not hoping for that outcome, I’m okay with the possibility.

My BPII is never going away. It’s as much a part of me as any vital organ. The difference now is that I am better equipped to handle my hypomanic episodes when they start to surface. I am more in control then I have ever been and I am slowly rebuilding the career I thought was annihilated.

One step at a time is the key to DBT and one step at a time is how I will fight for my path again.