Who is SKOP?
It’s the acronym for my name..
I am a visual artist and writer, trying to find a pencil and paper fast enough to scribble ideas that dance through my mind on a daily basis. [[And then lose half of the ideas in the black hole that is my purse. I really need to get that fixed.]]
Ever since I was a child and could hold a crayon, I drew and painted. I wrote stories, I drew their pictures. The love of color and the desire to create never left me as I graduated from UCSD in 2006 with a BA in Visual Arts.
My paintings are inspired by my environment, my cultural heritage, my dreams and from stories and myths I heard along the way growing up. I am influenced by colors surrounding me, mixing and blending until the right situation, the right message or story brings it to life at my fingertips. I find inspiration in the simplicity of the outside world and song. Childhood memories, fascinations and fear as now perceived from an adult mind. I paint whatever comes to mind; dabbling, experimenting, always trying to grow as an artist, looking for different ways to tell a story in a single image.
From the celebratory scenes of life after death in my Dia de los Muertos work and the colorful, sensual nature in my sugar skull girls to the soul gazing eyes of my animal subjects, I look for the story. To have the viewer see just a snippet of the life of the subject before them.
My main focus of my work is the female body. Exotic, erotic, simple and plain clothed, nude, bestial and dark, I explore many aspect of the female form. I tend to use oils and acrylics, investigating the shades and tones that lay in the body, hidden amongst the curves of a thigh or arch of a breast. Amongst these shadows I am searching for a balance of my own between realism and impressionism.
I am constantly exploring new methods and techniques to better myself as an artist, looking towards artists like Gustav Klimt, Frida Khalo, Lisa Yuskavage to guide my painting moods.
Besides paints, I also use pencil and oil pastels to explore other themes or construct different visions of the figurative form. Some works ask to be painted in acrylic on wood panel while others demand to come to fruition in pastel or on canvas.
Ever evolving. . .