The name Cheveyo means Spirit Warrior. According to Native American tradition, People with this name have a deep inner need for quiet and a desire to understand the deep truths about the world they live in .
This painting was an amazing experience for me. I felt a sense of calm and patience that I hadn't experienced while painting before. I don't know if it was the subject matter, or the recent events in the last few months in my life that has giving me lots of perspective and gratitude, but every stroke was intentional and I never felt rushed or in a hurry or like this painting had to be anything. The colors turned out so beautiful and I couldn't be happier with it.
There is a Cherokee prayer written into the painting that urges us to look past hatred and arrogance and see each other as humans. The natives were and continue to be a wise people that understand balance above all. Balance with each other and balance with the Earth.
I hope that we can pay these lessons forward. Peace ✌
This piece means so much to me. 😍😍 Its been on my to do list for months, but I kept putting it off because I wanted to hone my skill to give it the best possible effort I can. Out of sheer excitement, I just went for it.😎 The subject is gorgeous... Painfully so. Her skin is dark and her hair is natural. She's stunning. 😁
The background colors are the colors most people find pleasant, the outline is embossed with glitter to stand out, and create an audience from anybody in view of the piece. Iridescent butterflies and roses adorn her. It's been triple clear coated, and Resin on the edges for extra shine. I used every trick in my book!
The text at the bottom reads Blvck = B3aut!ful. The words need to be decoded a bit before the equation can be seen. This is a neuroscientific trick to get people to ruminate on the words a bit longer. Seeing that the words have been equated was inspired by the implicit association test, which tests for subconscious racial bias. It's my effort to make an association that our media has done a very poor job at doing.
Black is Beautiful
Jimi was a rock God. Arguably the greatest guitar player to have lived, and a musical inspiration for generations to come. I payed my respects the best way I could... With lots of bright colors!
This one was a tough one. Not only because Kurt had very fair features, making the details hard to tease out, but because I set out to capture the haunted look of a tormented man. I looked into his eyes the entire time I was working on it and that turned out to be as intimidating as it was therapeutic.
Kurt was the founder of the 90's hit band Nirvana, and essentially ushered in a genre of rock known as grunge. Heavy, dissonant chords, loud drums, and screaming vocals were the hallmarks of this style... it's like being kicked in the teeth every song.
As Nirvana became the biggest band in rock, Kurt continued to suffer. His personal life was consumed by drug addiction and depression. His relationship with his wife, fiends and family were strained, and on April 5th, 1994, he committed suicide.
His death was a shock to the world and to music. His legacy lives on, as does the pain felt from his loss.
Rest in peace, Kurt. 🙏
Prince Rogers Nelson was one of the most gifted musicians to walk the planet. His work is timeless, and served to inspire generations of musicians and fans alike. He my be gone from this world, but he's very much present in our hearts.
Most people recognize Chester Charles Bennington as the lead singer of Linkin Park. He was also the lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots in 2013 and had his own side project called Dead by sunrise. Chester was an immensely talented musician and singer. I've been rocking out to his music since the late 90s!
His lyrics were melodic... sometimes dark, sometimes happy, sometimes angsty, and downright frustrated.... Chester seemed to have a knack for connecting with us at every level through his music. RIP Chester.