My Illustrated Ode to Arthur Rimbaud

Here's my latest Literary Portrait.

Rimbaud has always been one of my favorite poets, he was a true, Enfant Terrible.  The I was so excited to create a portrait of him with all his teenage angst. He was truly a wild one! Sadly, he did all of his incredible writing between between the age of 17 and 20, after that he seemed to fall of the face of the earth. He traveled extensively throughout the world, working at very non-writing jobs such as an accountant, mason and coffee exporter.  Rimbaud abandoned his life of the libertine,  never recording any of his any dark dreams or surreal verses again.

He remains one of my literary heroes...

I hope you all enjoy my portrait of him. 

Rimaud as a sketch

“I turned silences and nights into words. What was unutterable, I wrote down. I made the whirling world stand still.”
Arthur Rimbaud, A Season in Hell/The Drunken Boat  

Debra Styer, Arthur Rimbaud Soleil et chair ("Sun and Flesh"), 2015

“A poet makes himself a visionary through a long, boundless, and systematized disorganization of all the senses. All forms of love, of suffering, of madness; he searches himself, he exhausts within himself all poisons, and preserves their quintessences. Unspeakable torment, where he will need the greatest faith, a superhuman strength, where he becomes all men the great invalid, the great criminal, the great accursed--and the Supreme Scientist! For he attains the unknown! Because he has cultivated his soul, already rich, more than anyone! He attains the unknown, and if, demented, he finally loses the understanding of his visions, he will at least have seen them! So what if he is destroyed in his ecstatic flight through things unheard of, unnameable: other horrible workers will come; they will begin at the horizons where the first one has fallen!”
Arthur Rimbaud

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Arthur Rimbaud, age 17.
“By being too sensitive I have wasted my life.”
Arthur Rimbaud

If you would like to learn more about Rimbaud, I highly recommend the book, "Time of the Assassins, A Study of Rimbaud" by Henry Miller. It is one of my all time favorite books. 

So here's to the young rebel in all of us....and here's to Arthur Rimbaud. 

A limited edition print of my original watercolor painting of Rimbaud is now available in here my etsy shop! 

p.s. Who should I paint next? Who is your favorite writer?


New Work - My Victorian Portraits at the Tiny Show!

I'm so excited to be part of the upcoming Tiny Show at Studio Gallery in San Francisco. The "tiny" part of the show, is all artwork must be no larger than 7x7 including frame. So...these Victorian lovelies just made it...

Here are the paintings...

Miss Genevieve, Private School Mistress

Harold and his cat, Coal. Orphan

Miss Bernadette, assistant at her Father's Hospital
Paul, Historian and Archivist
Group shot...

I love Studio Gallery! Their are shows always so fun to do. The owners Jennifer and Rab are wonderful and so full of great advice!

November 1st - December 23rd, 2013
reception:  Sunday, November 3rd, 1-6 pm
10th Anniversary Party:  Sunday, December 3rd, 1-6 pm

Studio Gallery: 1815 Polk St (between Washington and Jackson)  San Francisco

I'll be there on Sunday, stop by and say Hello!

Illustration Friday - Lonely

I just finished this piece for my Ladies & Gents Series but feel that Miss Lorraine would be a perfect candidate for this weeks Illustration Friday challenge, Lonely.

Because she really,  really is. Lorraine is probably one of the saddest characters I created. She is a tiny little thing and kind of reminds me of myself in high school.

But who knows, maybe she get a bit of a surprise  and  meet just the right person soon, just like I did. Stranger things have happened...

Of course, she is in available in the shop!