This drawing is the fifth in my "I Am Woman" collection.
All women, no matter how old they get, have a child within. She is the vulnerable one, the one that still navigates her path through life with wonder. She is the one who still has stars in her eyes, and her mind flies off to explore, to question, to wonder, to dream. Her love is endless and unconditional, and she seeks to be let out….To love and be loved, to nurture and be nurtured, to care and to care for, to be protected and to provide protection. Treated gently, she will flourish….Damage her, and she will wither and harden.
This drawing is the fourth in my "I Am Woman" collection.
Passion, thy face is woman. As lovers, mothers, daughters, friends and guardians, a woman's passion ignites in others a reflection of her love. But not only love. She is passionate in her ambitions, her fury, her principles, her justice and her protections. Here, her passion unfolds as a flower blooms, her tattoo reminiscent of tears for the strength of her emotion, of joy and pain that she feels so strongly.
"Bird of Paradise"
This was drawn specifically for a good family friend. I wanted to brighten her day, and send her the well wishes from my family to hers. In looking at many different subjects, I finally came upon the Bird of Paradise. With its brilliant and flamboyant feathers, it made for a nice combination of my usual tribal style, mixed with a more floral, swirly style. Another friend suggested the flair of color in the tail, and it worked out beautifully.
This is the fourth in my Steampunk Collection. Though this one is less mechanical looking than the others, I think the owl made a great addition with the engraved metallic style. The amethyst metallic embellishments really pop in this piece. This drawing is very detailed and intricate and took me close to 25 hours to complete.
This is the fourth piece done in the Haida / Tlingit style. Because I was born on Vancouver Island in Canada, and grew up in the Yukon Territory, this style has a very special place in my heart. Growing up, bears were a regular part of life, and we saw them on a regular basis. in fact, watching them at the dump was a common entertainment! When we were sick as kids, we were installed on a fold out couch with a bear hide covering us. The grizzly bear is a powerful symbol, and a powerful animal. The Kodiak bear, specific to the Kodiak Island area of Alaska, is the most massive of these bears.
"Repose" - I Am Woman collection
This drawing is the first in what would become the "I Am Woman" collection. A woman at rest, at peace. The facial tattoo resembling the washing away of the cares of the day, but also rough and fierce, a warrior taking a break. The tattoo contrasts with the surroundings of acanthus leaves, a classic and elegant motif that has existed for centuries, even millennia. She is the love, the calm, the peace, the woman that holds the strength for the world around her.
"I have had a lifelong love affair with horses. I have drawn them since I was a child, and it was always my dream to own one. While that has not been fulfilled, I still surround myself with horses in art, and am always drawn to drawing them. When I first decided to attempt a steampunk style drawing, naturally, it was a horse that first came to mind. Here is the result. This drawing was by far the most detailed and intricate that I have yet to create, and took me close to 30 hours to complete. " - Merlee Bos
"This is the first piece I did in the Haida / Tlingit style. Because I was born on Vancouver Island in Canada, and grew up in the Yukon Territory, this style has a very special place in my heart. I adore this type of artwork, and spent a lot of time on this piece to remain true to the style, but also to include my own style as well. The killer whale, or Orca, is an especially powerful and beautiful symbol to me." - Merlee Bos
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