Commissioned by an old friend as she was graduating high school, Prismacolor Color pencil on black poster board.




“What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable”

 Joseph Addison

This series was mainly a focus on what makes us who we are as humans. Our humanity is often defined by our appearance or what we know how to do like cooking, taking care of a family, dancing, etc. I believe our humanity is found in our values and beliefs. Joy is a strong emotion that drives what and who we put value in, so much that it defines us as humans. I placed this animals in comical places that would inspire laugh and smiles because I believe that we are truly human when we stop, rest and laugh. In joy is when we truly find ourselves and we are able to enjoy our humanity.


Dancing Penguins.  mixed media on watercolor paper.
Horse Trot. color pencil on white poster board.
Bathroom Breaks. Color pencil and paper cut out on white poster board.
Tea party. Watercolor and color pencil on watercolor pencil.


This concentration was inspired by the top emotions we deal with everyday. I used color pencil and explored colors and skin tones to accurately portray each emotion.