she colors with her eyes

She Colors with Her Eyes
2021

Each panel is cut from a sheet of cotton fabric and colored with alcohol inks. The number and year are written at the top with graphite. Additional media are listed below.

My grandmother is a huge influence in my life. She has always been special to me. She's been there for me any time I needed her. She's the type of person who would help anyone. Her smile made you feel instantly better.

This piece is dedicated to her life. Each panel represents one year. The central flower is her. The offshoots are her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her early life was not so great. This is illustrated by the lack of color in these panels. Upon moving away when she was 15, her life became much more bright and colorful. Sadly, dementia is taking her memories from her. She is fading, but we still see glimpses of the amazing woman she once was. She is a light and with this piece, I hope I can shed a little bit of that light on the world.

  1. 1936      Rhinestones, Makeup Forever Star Powder, Spirit Gum

  2. 1937      Necessary Evil Mouth FX – Pitch Black

  3. 1938      Wilton Cake Icing Dye – Base Brown

  4. 1939      Copic Marker – Black 100

  5. 1940      Cotton Thread

  6. 1941      Galkyd Oil Painting Medium

  7. 1942      Dirtworks Dirt – Dark Brün, Elmer’s Glue

  8. 1943      Ampro Pro Styl Styling Gel

  9. 1944      Tart Tarteist Clay Paint Eye Liner

  10. 1945      L’Oreal Lacquer Eye Liner – Blackest Black 171

  11. 1946      Mehron Tooth FX - Nicotine

  12. 1947      Yellow Mustard

  13. 1948      Adams Extract Food Colors

  14. 1949      Betty Crocker Neon Gel Food Colors

  15. 1950      Chocolate Syrup

  16. 1951      UV Resin

  17. 1952      Gold Leaf, Adhesive Tape

  18. 1953      Nail Polish

  19. 1954      Tattoo Transfers, TS100 Matting Agent

  20. 1955      Transfer Paper

  21. 1956      Winsor & Newton Oil Paint – French Ultramarine

  22. 1957      ICE Hair Spiker Colorz – Fierce Color

  23. 1958      Pure Romance Coco Glow Tropica Sunless Tanner

  24. 1959      Makeup Forever Chromatic Mix Oil Base – #12

  25. 1960      Belletto Studio HD Airbrush Makeup – Dune

  26. 1961      Ben Nye Theatrical Rouge – Raspberry DDR-3

  27. 1962      European Body Art Alcohol Activate Makeup – Fresh Blood

  28. 1963      Golden Coarse Molding Paste

  29. 1964      Liver of Sulphur Gel

  30. 1965      Testors Enamel Paint

  31. 1966      Testors Acrylic Paint – Teal Gloss 921514

  32. 1967      Reeves Gouache – Lemon Yellow

  33. 1968      Minwax Express Color Wiping Stain and Finish - Crimson

  34. 1969      Studio G Dye Inkpad – VP0027

  35. 1970      A-1 Modern Metallic Finish Pale Gold Enamel Paint

  36. 1971      SpoTone Photo Retouch Paint – Blue Black

  37. 1972      Jacquard Airbrush Color – Opaque Green 203

  38. 1973      Gallery Glass Simulated Liquid Leading

  39. 1974      Craftsmart Glow-in-the-Dark Acrylic Paint

  40. 1975      Temptu Water-Based Liquid Airbrush Makeup

  41. 1976      Spazstix Mirror Chrome Paint

  42. 1977      Glitterlites Fabric Paint

  43. 1978      Angelus Leather Dye – Blue

  44. 1979      Eco-Flo Cova Color Leather Paint – Silver

  45. 1980      Watercolor Paint

  46. 1981      Acrylic Paint

  47. 1982      Mouth-Safe Methyl-Cellulose Slime

  48. 1983      Fake Blood

  49. 1984      Minwax Wood Finish Stain – Red Oak 2015

  50. 1985      American Tradition by Valspar Acrylic Latex Paint – Ultra Enamel Gloss Bright Yellow 166189

  51. 1986      Silicone Caulk

  52. 1987      Human Hair (the Artist’s), Spirit Gum

  53. 1988      German Glass Glitter, Elmer’s Glue

  54. 1989      Fake Diorama Sand, Elmer’s Glue

  55. 1990      Fake Diorama Grass, Elmer’s Glue

  56. 1991      Bridge Road Cabernet Sauvignon

  57. 1992      Liquid Latex

  58. 1993      Ben Nye Clean Grease

  59. 1994      Acetone

  60. 1995      Alcohol

  61. 1996      NYX Lipliner Pencil – Bloom 836

  62. 1997      Ulta Automatic Eyeliner – Raisin

  63. 1998      Color Concepts Fashion Lipstick – 2

  64. 1999      Maybelline Great Lash Mascara – Waterproof Brownish Black

  65. 2000      Ulta Double Duty Lip Stain and Balm – Drama

  66. 2001      Staedtler Watercolor Pencil – 23

  67. 2002      Prismacolor Pencil – Ultramarine PC902

  68. 2003      Dry Erase Marker

  69. 2004      Oil Pastel

  70. 2005      Cre8tive Gallery Ink - Teal

  71. 2006      Gallery Soft Pastels

  72. 2007      Charcoal

  73. 2008      Ball Point Pen

  74. 2009      Creative Joy Fabric Marker – Mint Green Light

  75. 2010      Glitter Glue

  76. 2011      Sharpie

  77. 2012      Write Dudes Neon Gel Pen – SD140

  78. 2013      Artist’s Loft Illustration Pen – Black 08

  79. 2014      Tombow Marker – 565

  80. 2015      Crayola Glitter Marker – Gold Medal

  81. 2016      Posca Paint Pen – Light Blue

  82. 2017      Bistro Chalk Marker

  83. 2018      Crayon

  84. 2019      Highlighter

  85. 2020      Prismacolor Marker – Spruce Green

  86. 2021      Graphite

  87. 2022      Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pen – White 101

  88. 2023      Kuretake White Brush Pen

  89. 2024      Painters Opaque Paint Marker – Ultra White 0805

  90. 2025      Sharpie Oil-Based Paint Marker – White

  91. 2026      Bic Wite-Out Correction Fluid

  92. 2027      Conté

  93. 2028      General’s Charcoal – White 558

  94. 2029      Rigid Collodion

  95. 2030      Elmer’s Glue

  96. 2031      Baby Powder, Elmer’s Glue

  97. 2032      Decorative Fake Snow, Elmer’s Glue

  98. 2033      White Sugar, Elmer’s Glue

  99. 2034      Hot Glue

  100. 2035    Multi-Surface Cleaner with Bleach