Size: 12x12

I am a lonely artist, I live in a box of paints. Joni Mitchell

LifeExpessions are paintings that people commission me to do either for a loved one or special friend in their life or even themselves. These very personal paintings are created just for this person and features what they are passionate about in their life. Capturing the essence of the person and what they love in life is most important to achieve in this type of painting.

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This artwork was created in an illustrative stylized - painterly manner using stippling (tiny dots of paint) technique. 

CHEETAH - This spirit animal is characterized as a teacher or messenger that comes in the form of an animal and has a personal relationship to an individual. The eyes in this cheetah were painted close to the color of the eyes for the person this was for, as requested. Associated symbolism; patience, opportunity, self-esteem, independence, flexibility and adaptability (because your influences are always changing), strategic (they don’t randomly sprint towards anything), competitiveness, focus, selectivity, intensity, procrastination, elusiveness, persistence, activity, curiosity, intelligence, passion, unconventional love. Cheetah’s fuel burns from its heart, radiating out like a passionate supernova at times. The tear-shaped stripes that stretch down from eyes are an invitation to let your emotions flow. Don’t bottle up your feelings or they could flare up in a deliberate way. Let them flow naturally down your cheeks like warrior paint. Wear them proudly.

By studying and connecting with Cheetah’s energy, you will learn the importance of intervals. Sometimes its best to act fast and explosively. Equally vital are the moments when it's best to rest, wait and nurture yourself. Cheetah’s are the most grounded of all cats; thrive on the ground (groundedness) and are excellent teachers for your work here on Earth. Due to slender build and blunt claws, Cheetahs would rather consent to stronger will-powers than fight. Recognize this tendency in yourself and navigate carefully between balancing when you know its a waste of energy to fight and when its imperative for you to hold your ground. Through acceptance, persistence and reflection we can try again knowing that we will eventually succeed.


MEDIUM: waterproof alcohol ink. UV archival varnish and a final acrylic satin varnish were used as protective coatings. Ready to hang hardware included. Sides and back of Claybord substrate painted with two layers of dark green acrylic. Substrate: 12”x12” cradled birch Claybord (archival and acid-free), wood frame; premium grade 13-ply birch for maximum stability, eco-friendly (made from sustainable forest products), handmade in USA.


You can view the other LifeExpressions commissions I created by clicking on the following links: World TravelerFighter ChickIndigo ChildThe Nurturer and The Hunter.


To learn more about one of these meaningful, heart-felt and personal LifeExpressions paintings, please go to the custom order page.

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