"It’s nothing new for my art to be music-inspired, but this self-portrait series felt a bit different, driven by an almost manic need to create and very much unplanned until hearing the song, “Vultures” by Asking Alexandria. Though always a fan of rock/metal, it was a departure from the ambient music I had always used for inspiration in the past. It struck a chord and I found myself immersed in Sirius Radio's Octane #biguns list (2018-2020), Turbo, and Lithium stations. The lyrics are just as important as the finished product. Handwritten on burnt journal paper, verses of each song are included with its art piece of the same name. Just Breathe is a thank you to the musicians who held my hand through various invisible challenges, helping me to find my voice again."
During the creation of this series, the artist received Business of Art Scholarship (2020; awarded and mentored by The Studio Door, San Diego Visual Arts Network, Mission Fed ArtWalk) including a solo exhibition. "Just Breathe" was installed in January 2021 at The Studio Door. Blank journals were complimentary to visitors. During the month-long exhibition, the artist hosted a Virtual Artist Talk discussing process, techniques, stories behind the art, and the benefits of art to our mental health and community as a whole.
By the end of 2021, multiple works from this series have been published and featured in print (Juniper Rag Magazine-V2, Artist Talk Magazine-Issue 16, All She Makes-Issue 4), artist collectives (ArtMumsUnited), and podcasts (The Artist Unmasked).