Hi, I'm Zen! I'm from Santa Cruz, California born and raised. I am a soul searching, interdisciplinary artist comprehending different perspectives and always learning. Growing up, without fail, I had a passion to create, experimenting through different mediums including ceramics, stained glass, figure drawing and painting. Painting stuck out to me the most and I have always enjoyed how fluid it can be, cultivating precision and detail.
I work with acrylic paint on canvas and immerse heavily on depth of color. I study the emotion of the individual I choose to work on to determine the mood of whether I want to create my pieces lustrous and shadowy or radiant and saturated. Channeling the emotions that my subjects give off are methodically evoked into my portraits. I prefer to work on canvas with acrylic or oil paints as they portray powerful expressive visuals.
My biggest inspirations are social activists and positive political leaders who focus on freedom and real social change. In my art I express my inclination through heroes and world leaders that have impacted us today. My work is inspired by energies and my disposition to empower and educate my audience in a way that is captivating and reels interest. Pensive, constructive people in my life who allow themselves to be educated, to challenge themselves and permit openness to learning is what keeps me going.