When I first launched my shop ArtOxide, I’d been searching for new mediums and playful imagery that spoke to people everywhere in a bold way. Never in my wildest did I foresee this, only seemingly, controversial concept about to come to light. Making Waves, a play off my under water octopus hero, is a platform for respectful activists who have something to say, or simply support Octopi All Streets.




Ever since what many know as the Occupy Movement began, it has been a source for praise, scrutiny, media and an abundance of public involvement. Whether you cared to see it or not, everyone was either participating in or talking about it, and the energy was electric.


Jokester that I am, the play on words [Occupy vs. Octopi (the plural for octopus)] seemed to manifest into quite the colorful dreams. The idea of protesters floating about with eight arms and scaling tall buildings in a single bound like the heroes and villains of many a comic book isn’t something I could easily erase. One day, I woke up and thought, occupy movement aside, everyone should be commended when actively stand up for their rights, especially when it comes to something as universal as equality. It was the glory of that everyday civilian, defying the odds and channeling their inner voice, in an effort to be heard — or in this case, channeling their inner octopus and sprouting tentacles.


See, the concept wasn’t about picking a side or honing in on one single issue. Instead, this design is an homage to action; being involved in whatever you stand for, no matter the issue, and not sitting idly by when you want to see change. This design is for 100% of the population: urging humanoids young and old, to be passionate, and stand up respectfully alongside their convictions, whatever they may be.


“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Gandhi






Yesterday, a warm colorful day shifted into a brisk New England October evening. You never know what a chilly weekend with family is going to bring about. As a group of us girls sat and waited for an amazing meal of homemade falafel and numerous cups of hot tea, we scrounged through Marquita’s handmade doll houses and embroidery supplies when we came across a few hunks of old unused clay. From this comforting and hopeful place on Illsey Hill, the spark of numerous dolls as well as the face of “Esperanza” started to take shape.


Last year, I stepped back a bit from the 2D illustration and design you see on this site and started working with textures, objects and sculptures as a vehicle for painting (I’ll show examples of this in future posts) Then, a friend commissioned a 3D portrait from a sonogram photo, further inspiring the craft . Which brings us to last nights creation, inspired by the grace of peacefully imperfect faces.


Later that night, while watching televison, we stopped on PBS, when a commercial came on featuring a familiar face. Esperanza Spalding, Berklee School of Music Graduate Jazz Bassist and Singer, an acquaintance through my late best friend, Artist Raluca Mitrea. I had no idea of Esperanza’s accomplishments over the years or the new found fame and accolades that this familiar face had come to realize. So many fond memories came rushing back from time spent with my dear friend.


Along with the comfort and hopefulness from earlier in the day, came an overwhelming sense of pride, and later, peace that I know Raluca would have been feeling at that moment. This piece, though she (Raluca) might never know it, is in honor of that mutual feeling of peace. I’m in awe with what this tiny face has given me – All too perfectly named “Esperanza” (hope)


Excited to see what the next one brings!


[Raluca Mitrea’s work can be found on for which my shop name is inspired]