“Love My Bare Naked”
No matter what the mirror reflects, being comfortable in your own skin is up to you. It can be tough in a society that prizes unrealistic body images. “Love My Bare Naked” is a series of watercolor paintings inspired by people from different walks of life. What are their lives about? How do they feel about themselves? How do they make you feel about yourself and your own body image? I want to raise these questions through this collection of portraits and anecdotes. Let’s celebrate our differences and empower one another to be comfortable in our own bare naked skin!
Each piece is a watercolor painting on 24” x 48” birch plywood and finished with resin.
Apr 28 – Apr 30, 2017: Seattle Erotic Art Festival
Apr 04 – Apr 30, 2016: South Seattle College, Jerry Brockey Center
June 11, 2015: Seattle Pridefest Queer Artwalk
Amber initially comes across as shy and timid, but get to know her and her strength and courage shines through. She is only four-months into her MTF transition and on the road to overcoming her own body image issues. She found a caring and nonjudgmental friend at work who allowed her to be herself, and soon after found the support from the rest of her friends and family. Her advice to her younger self would be to “stay strong, confident, and believe in who you are. Other people's opinions don't matter!”
Growing up, Erin felt like she tried everything to find her place - in school, in life, in the world. She had different looks, different hobbies, different musical interests, and different groups of friends. She reinvented herself continuously. In high school, her inspirations were her out gay friends. The fact that they were sure of who they were at a young age made her feel comforted that she could feel that confident someday. If she could do it over, she wouldn’t “try so hard to fit in. “ Stop wearing masks. Stay Gold.
Spoono was a scrawny kid. He joined the military and tried to bulk up, but even the military still thought he was too skinny. Raised by a single mom who taught him how to be independent and strong, he learned to be content with himself. His advice to his younger self? “If you think life is awesome now, wait until you turn 30. Also shower more, dude!”
Truong loves playing with the concept of androgyny. He finds excitement in the shock factor and public reactions he receives from dressing more feminine. Being “weird & original” keeps him from fading into the background. He studied dance and theater in college and is now an aspiring dancer and actor. Once insecure about being too skinny, the performing arts have helped him become more accepting of his body, and discover what it can do.
David is a father to an adopted transgender son and is familiar with the issues of bullying and verbal abuse. He did his best to nurture by example and remind his son “not to worry about what others think of you, because the only opinion that counts is your own.” He’s walking the talk by trying something he’s never done - nude modeling at 75!
Not long ago, Bella was in an abusive relationship and sought comfort in crystal meth and promiscuous sex. Now at 39, she is recovering from drug addiction and a survivor of domestic violence. Her advice to her younger self would be to “stay in the truth. Don’t let others’ negative thoughts or words influence the person you are meant to be.”