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Reflected in You | 24” x 30” | oil on linen

"The central theme that unites all my paintings examines how seemingly separate and isolated life experiences actually disguise the extent of our individual and communal bonds. The ‘masks’ and the accompanying identities we all assume depending on the life role we must play, obstructs the conscious mind from acknowledging what truly unites us through the isolation and chaos: our shared encounters of pain, loss, desire, and longing for serenity and acceptance. The false facades we all manufacture to adapt and belong also renders most blind and lost in a world where the meaningless has somehow become meaningful and the idea of a shared honest self devoid of hidden agendas all too infrequent.

I focus on combining traditional oil painting techniques with surrealist symbolism to explore the presumably dystopian landscape of emotional and physical scars carried all too often amongst the female characters. However, the subject of my paintings refuse to fall into victimhood or self-loathing; instead, the women that often preoccupy my paintings figuratively and literally wear their wounds with resounding pride and empowerment. The mistakes of their pasts, the festering wounds of pain and loss, and the hauntingly icy stabs of betrayal, none of these spectres weigh them down or define their destinies.” — Alexandra Manukyan

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Phantom Limbs | 18” x 36” | oil on canvas

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Fatal Attractions | 30” x 30” | oil on linen

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Trapped Melody | 18” x 24” | oil on linen

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Impaired Affection | 20” x 30” | oil on linen

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Beautiful Disaster | 16” x 20” | oil on canvas

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A Man Apart  | 30” x 30” | oil on linen

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Chasing Shadows | 24” x 36” | oil on linen

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Queen of Sorrow | 24” x 36” | oil on canvas

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Animus | 24” x 18” | oil on canvas

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Undying Death | 18” x 24” | oil on canvas

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A Rebel Romance | 30” x 30” | oil on canvas

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In the Absence of All | 18” x 36” | oil on canvas

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Breathe Again | 24” x 24” | oil on canvas

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A Dead Refrain | 24” x 36” | oil on linen

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Silence of Solstace | 18” x 36” | oil on canvas

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For the Jar of Hearts | 24” x 30” | oil on canvas

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Come Sail Away | 12” x 24” | oil on canvas

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visit Alexandra Manukyan’s site to see her process and more…

Alexandra Manukyan | fine art

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"My inspiration comes from my surroundings - textures, colors, emotions, thoughts and feeling all strike a match in my heart. My creations are my response to that…they are my innermost, purest, most sincerest reaction. In everything I make, there is a piece of me - in every brush stroke, splatter, arrangement and pen line. I never cease to question and challenge myself, inspiration makes my heart beat and lucky for me, it is abundant in my life. Every intricate cut brings me peace and every finished skull piece brings me immense satisfaction." — Myranda Escamilla

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Blackened Butterfly

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Genuine deer skull, fully painted and embellished with crystals and faux butterflies

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Until After Dinner

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Whitetail Deer Skull Collage

Tiny cupcakes, chocolate truffles, cream pies, pastries and lush roses wrapped round a whitetail deer skull. Antlers painted chocolate brown - almost good enough to eat.

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Chinoserie & Flora Coyote Skull

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Fully decoupaged genuine Coyote Skull in Chinoserie and Floral Print

paper, glue, swarovski crystals

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Teeny Tiny Botanical Muskrat Skull

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Fully collaged muskrat skull

This cutie measures only two and a half inches! He’s covered in rose buds, leaves, pink flowers and butterfly wings. Two dainty antique-red swarovski crystals rest on back of the skull and teeth are painted in classic gold.

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Mariposa // Whitetail Deer Skull Sculpture

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Fully collaged whitetail deer skull

Genuine whitetail deer skull covered in an array of colorful butterflies and butterfly wings. antlers are painted matte black and swarovski crystals are hidden throughout the skull.

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Botanica Genuine Deer Skull Sculpture

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Fully collaged genuine whitetail deer skull

Skull, Paper, Glue, Crystals, Gold Leaf

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visit Myranda Escamilla’s site for more…

Myranda Escamilla | sculpture

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Gaks Designs | illustration

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Wet plate collodion images (ambrotypes) by Fred Fraser

"Wet plate photos are created on glass sheets of varying sizes but for portrait work the sizes are most frequently 5x7 or 8x10 inches.

Using a combination of chemicals in the darkroom each plate is made light sensitive minutes before the exposure is made in the camera and then returned to the darkroom immediately after exposure for development — the light sensitive emulsion created in the darkroom must stay wet during the entire procedure, hence the name “wet plate” photography.

Part of the charm of the wet plate look is the inherent unpredictability of the process. The way in which the various chemical treatments flow across the glass plate in the darkroom create a texture and variation in the tonality of the image. The effect is not repeatable from plate to plate giving each photograph a uniqueness that is not available from any other photographic process.

The photo is visible for a preview within 10 minutes of the exposure but takes approximately a week before the emulsion has cured and the finishing touches can be applied to the glass plate. Print (paper) copies can be made, but the decision to make print copies must be made before the plate is finished and delivered.” — Fred Fraser

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Animal

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Animal masks created by Liz Dungate

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Hare Variations

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The end of the hare masks created by Liz Dungate

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Portraits

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Be sure to check out Fred Fraser’s websiteblog and tumblr for more top drawer photography.

Wet Fred | photography

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