First time at the Strawberry Festival

March 01, 2014

First time at the Strawberry Festival Endless color inspiration and some tasty treats to boot.

I’ve lived in Tampa all of my life and have never made it to the annual Strawberry Festival. I always figured it was a smaller version of the fair, which I’ve always liked, but wouldn’t… more

Introducing Sawyer smalls

February 28, 2014

Introducing Sawyer smalls I love mini things, so I make mini things.

All who know me, know I love mini things. It was only natural that I would eventually start making mini artwork. My goal is to make as many of these as I can. I don’t… more

Made my way around this new piece

February 27, 2014

Made my way around this new piece New skull and florals project complete.

I’ve been wanting to work on strictly skulls and florals for a bit. Now that I have a little break from commissions and shows, game is on. I’ve never worked on a circular surface before,… more

The new studio space

February 26, 2014

The new studio space The first time I’ve ever had a proper, at-home, studio space.

After leaving my Ybor studio almost a year ago, I’ve searched for a new place to work. While I searched, I made the best of my dining room and occasionally the living room. I had… more

Plans for new skull and florals

February 24, 2014

Plans for new skull and florals Preliminary drawing for new piece.

I’ve had this round panel sitting by my desk for months, just waiting for me to work on it. Tonight, I completed my sketch for this piece.

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Fiesta Day 2014

February 22, 2014

Fiesta Day 2014 An annual tradition of music and food drunkenness.

Fiesta Day is one of those annual Tampa events that I have to go to. Three reasons why this is a great event…1) It’s in Ybor, that is reason enough. 2) Latin music for me… more

Insane attention to detail

February 21, 2014

Insane attention to detail I love small details and love it when people pay attention to them.

My step-father is an artist in craftsman. He can pretty much make anything out of a chunk of wood, seriously. I have always admired his attention to detail, but he finally blew my mind. I’ve… more

Reuniting with my records

February 20, 2014

Reuniting with my records Two years after my record player was stolen, I was able to reunite with the music.

Back in the winter of 2012, I was robbed while at work. My record player was one of the many items taken from my home. Luckily, all of my records remained, even the one that… more

A little drawing practice to end the evening

February 19, 2014

A little drawing practice to end the evening Its always important to keep those drawing skills sharp.

I love to draw. Not just in the planning of a piece, but just drawing for the sake of drawing. I absolutely adore the practice because it reminds me that I have a ton of… more

Can’t Go Wrong with Unicorns and Glitter

February 15, 2014

Can’t Go Wrong with Unicorns and Glitter Newest piece, created for Infectious: The Art of Glitter at BlueLucy.

Infectious was full of glitz and glitter. Here is an explanation of my piece. There is glitter in it, promise. Titled “Because it is in our marrow and in our souls, we shall sparkle… more

A day to celebrate what you love

February 14, 2014

A day to celebrate what you love Valentine’s Day is about love, right? I love art, so why not celebrate that.

I’ve never been one for the whole romantic Valentine’s Day bit. Luckily, Infectious: The Art of Glitter opened at BlueLucy this night, so I was able to spend the evening around what I love most…art.… more

Them lines up in my hair

February 13, 2014

Them lines up in my hair Finally got someone to do line work in my hair.

Scott Bentley at Bentley Salon was the first person to fulfill my request and I have to say, it came out wonderfully. I had asked various people to do this and I was always… more

Thanks to Boca and Elizabeth

February 11, 2014

Thanks to Boca and Elizabeth My eating struggles were cured for an evening.

I’ve lost a bit of weight and have been on an ultimate weight gain diet to help get some back. According to my calculations, I would need somewhere around 3700 calories a day to gain… more

Organization, how I adore you

February 10, 2014

Organization, how I adore you After a stretch of pieces, I get things cleaned up.

Since I was a little kid, I have always enjoyed organizing things, especially my art supplies. I can’t remember a time that I didn’t get a fresh Crayola crayon box, dump them out and reorganize… more

Can’t recognize brightness without a little bit of darkness

February 08, 2014

Can’t recognize brightness without a little bit of darkness Nature constantly reminds me of how true this is.

Winter is rough for me. The repeated fronts coming in, bringing rain, grey sky and cold weather, I spend the season waiting for the random warm days. Sometimes I get frustrated with there are a… more

LEGO got into my brain

February 07, 2014

LEGO got into my brain Unikitty? And she’s all about being positive?

First off, I love LEGOs. They are small, and everyone knows I like little things. Aesthetically, they are very well made. As far as toys go, I don’t think their designs have ever been matched… more

Quick little V-day card

February 06, 2014

Quick little V-day card Busting out the watercolors for a fun little Valentine’s Day card.

Tonight I started some Valentine’s Day cards. The first one is a squirrel Prince Charming holding a faberge-acorn. I’ve been on portrait and commission stretch, so the break for just silly work was nice.

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Lord of the Rings Portrait Commission

February 04, 2014

Lord of the Rings Portrait Commission My first piece of 2014 was a bit of a challenge and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.

The theme:  Lord of the Rings. My concept: Depict the couple as characters from the books/movies.To do that, I decided to dress them as Aragorn and Arwen. The border is influenced by elements in Lord… more

Meeting Sir Dr. Admiral Rupert Xavier

February 01, 2014

Meeting Sir Dr. Admiral Rupert Xavier New work by Daniel Mrgan.

Tonight, I was finally able to see Sir Dr. Admiral Rupert Xavier’s Paper Plane Flights to Exotic Mind Destinations, an art show by Daniel Mrgan at Bluelucy. This was an extremely creative and… more

A Tampa coffee staple

January 31, 2014

A Tampa coffee staple El Molino roasters, the air freshener of the Ybor strip.

El Molino roasters has had a family history in Tampa since 1921. My first chance to grab a cafe con leche from their shop was a little over 2 years ago and I’ve been… more

Bits of gratitude

January 28, 2014

Bits of gratitude When clients are happy, I’m happy.

Today was drop off day for my latest commission. Me being me, I always get nervous at this phase of the commission process. It’s all fun and games while I’m creating, but delivering the finished… more

Starting up some new foliage

January 27, 2014

Starting up some new foliage Inspired by yesterday’s trip, I begin the foliage and flowers on my newest piece.

Leaves and flowers are not uncommon in my work. Yesterday’s trip to Bok Tower Gardens got me extra motivated to work on that portion of my latest piece.

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Inspiration for miles

January 26, 2014

Inspiration for miles My first trip to Bok Tower.

Another one of those Florida attractions I had always wanted to go to, but never had. Bok Tower Gardens was gorgeous. It may have been a wet, dreary day, but there was an endless… more

Gasparilla Pirate Invasion 2014

January 25, 2014

Gasparilla Pirate Invasion 2014 A glorious day for an invasion.

People from Tampa tend to have this idea that they are pirates. I am included in this. Gasparilla season, as I call it, lasts from the end of January to about mid-March. Absolutely one of… more

Captain Crunch frozen yogurt: maintaining the flavor, eliminating the pain

January 24, 2014

Captain Crunch frozen yogurt: maintaining the flavor, eliminating the pain Perhaps the greatest invention ever. Or maybe just really tasty and convenient.

I love Captain Crunch, as many people do. Anyone who has had it understands the price that is paid for enjoying it, a mouth full of lacerations, as if the captain himself went in and… more

14 years between shows

January 22, 2014

14 years between shows Seeing Mustard Plug again after 14 years.

The last time I saw Mustard Plug play was on my last day of high school. When I saw they were coming to Crowbar, I had to go. Skinhead blood may have been shed… more

Portraits from the kiddos

January 19, 2014

Portraits from the kiddos How a 4-year-old sees me.

As a teacher, I collected student portraits of me. Since I’ve stepped away from teaching, I haven’t had any come my way. Today, my niece Liliana drew me. She is a budding little artist. I… more

Resurrecting an old tradition

January 18, 2014

Resurrecting an old tradition Back at the Monster Truck Jam.

Back in my college days, I used to go to the annual Monster Truck Jam every year. I had taken a break for a few year, but this year I was back in the action.… more

The beginning of a new frame

January 16, 2014

The beginning of a new frame And it shall be called, the behemoth.

When I was asked to do a Lord of the Rings inspired portrait, I immediately started thinking about the frame. I was set on making a frame with doors that resembled those from hobbit… more

A day of color overload

January 11, 2014

A day of color overload A power plant, dinosaurs and an intense sunset.

This was a a day jam-packed with things to do. First a trip to the TECO Manatee viewing center, then off to Dinosaur World in Plant City. Every place I went seemed to… more

The perfect sea foam green

January 10, 2014

The perfect sea foam green I finally did it.

Some call it mint, some call it sea foam, I call it fabulous. This has been one of my favorite colors for a long time now. I hadn’t used it in many pieces because, to… more

Handmade puppet theatre

January 08, 2014

Handmade puppet theatre Using my crafty skills for a children’s puppet theatre.

I do a lot of painting and building of frames, but I don’t generally build functional items. This isn’t because I don’t want to, I just usually don’t have the time. I decided to help… more

The cutest face in the world

January 06, 2014

The cutest face in the world My cat is adorable.

At about 12 years old, my cat looks like a kitten. Wonton, AKA Mookie Blaylock, isn’t just adorable, he is super sweet. Tonight, he did it…this may be the cutest face he’s ever made. I… more

Mint Green on a Crown Vic

January 04, 2014

Mint Green on a Crown Vic That color and those lines.

An unplanned trip to Dade City allowed me to behold this beauty. I adore the aesthetic of the 1950’s. I gravitated towards the patterns and colors from that era. The cars are no exception. This… more

A grand gift from mom

January 03, 2014

A grand gift from mom The biggest skull in my collection.

My mom knows what I like. That’s why she gave me this incredible cow skull she found. This thing is heavy as all get out, so it took me a little while to hang it.… more

A proper goodbye to the year

December 31, 2013

A proper goodbye to the year Burning el ano viejo.

“El ano viejo” means “the old year” in Spanish. When my mother was young, her family would partake in this tradition of burning the troubles of the old year. This wasn’t something I did as… more

Gifting Portraits

December 31, 2013

Gifting Portraits I am all for the handmade gift. This holiday season, I was able to get a few done in time.

I was able to squeeze in portraits of my niece and nephew for my sister and one for a good friend. Must say, these were the most well received gifts I’ve ever given. There were… more

Inspired by the circus

December 29, 2013

Inspired by the circus Good stuff at the circus museum.

I have mixed feelings about the circus. I’m not too fond of the animal part, but there is something about vintage circus paraphernalia that makes me feel a bit nostalgic. I’m talking early circus, before… more

Day of the Dead Couple’s Portrait

December 27, 2013

Day of the Dead Couple’s Portrait Another fun commission under my belt.

For this commission, I was asked to do a Day of the Dead couple’s portrait. Rather than just keeping the portraits traditional and incorporating Day of the Dead elements, I opted to put the couple… more

A dream come true

December 20, 2013

A dream come true I became a mermaid, sort of.

I love magic and fantasy. Things like unicorns, elves and mermaids make me happy. Most adults will just say none of those things exist. I think that’s why most adults are miserable, because they’ve… more

I am official

December 19, 2013

I am official My seal on stickers!

Today, my Sawyerfresh stickers came in. Stickers are cool, I’m cool, it’s a perfect marriage. Can’t wait to get these suckers posted up.

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Talking to Santa

December 17, 2013

Talking to Santa As an adult, its a little awkward.

I’m pretty festive, so going Christmas light displays is only natural. Tonight, I went to one such event at the Florida Botanical Gardens. Over 30 acres of gardens and light, I was pumped. While walking,… more

Florida snow and not the rain kind

December 14, 2013

Florida snow and not the rain kind Annual Snow on 7th celebration in Ybor.

Snow on 7th, a pretty spectacular event. It gives me the whole snow experience, minus the cold. This year, there was no carnival, but the parade was bigger and there was more snow. That totally… more

Getting crafty for an elf party

December 12, 2013

Getting crafty for an elf party I make things, so do elves, so I am an elf. Gotta share the elf-life with the kids.

I was given the opportunity to help plan an elf themed party for a group of preschool students. This was great for a number of reasons, but mostly because working with kids is rad and… more

Captain Larry and the Tampa Water Taxi

December 10, 2013

Captain Larry and the Tampa Water Taxi Meet Captain Larry. He runs the Tampa Water Taxi. He likes good coffee, knows all about Elvis, and random facts about Tampa.

Tonight, I took my very first water taxi ride in Tampa. Slightly embarrassing since I’ve lived here all my life, but it had been on my Tampa to-do list for a while. The event was… more

My Work, Large and In Charge

October 29, 2013

My Work, Large and In Charge There is nothing quite like driving down the interstate and seeing your work on a billboard.

I passed by it a good number of times on my way home in the past 2 weeks and finally was able to look at it. A strange experience, but an exciting one nonetheless. Pretty… more

Custom Zombie Portrait Commission

October 27, 2013

Custom Zombie Portrait Commission Intimidation…doing a commission for a tremendous tattoo artist and sign painter.

Commissioned for tattoo artist, Bob Ashbaugh, by his girlfriend. My task was to immortalize them in zombie form. I was a bit nervous to start a piece for someone so talented, but it was… more

Sanford vs. Pryor, this time on a skateboard

October 25, 2013

Sanford vs. Pryor, this time on a skateboard Clearing up the Lamont Sanford or Richard Pryor debate.

For last year’s RedBull Wake Art Project, I included a portrait of Lamont Sanford (Demond Wilson) on my piece. A number of people confused him for Richard Pryor. So, I decided to clear up… more

A thugged-out nature combo

October 01, 2013

A thugged-out nature combo One of the perks of being an artist, I get what I want, visually.

I never thought of myself as the “getting hitched” type. Most women dream of marriage and have this idea of having a perfect wedding, not me. It is a life goal for most. The only… more

The Storybook City: A Tampa Tribute

September 26, 2013

The Storybook City: A Tampa Tribute A storybook illustration of how I feel about and see my city.

Those that know me, know how much I love my hometown. I am one of few natives (of my generation, anyhow) that takes pride in being from Tampa. This piece was made to read as… more

The Ybor Spirit Hood

September 16, 2013

The Ybor Spirit Hood Because pandas and foxes don’t live in Ybor.

If you’ve ever take an a stroll down 7th on a Friday or Saturday, you will see many a gal wearing the spirit hood. Every time I see them, I think, “why?”. Seriously, if I… more

RedBull Wake Art Project 2013

July 01, 2013

RedBull Wake Art Project 2013 Last year, I did it solo. This year, I tag-teamed with Tony Krol.

Collaborating has always been difficult for me, but this process was interesting and surprisingly fun. The theme for the event was the same as last year’s, “What Gives You Wings”. What we chose: Love and… more

King Tiki Piece for the Rock-a-hula Luau

June 10, 2013

King Tiki Piece for the Rock-a-hula Luau Tiki piece inspired by Elvis…King Creole, not Blue Hawaii. Obvious, right?

Another festive Bricks event!!!
Each artist is creating a tiki or island themed piece for the show.
Here’s my take on the theme:
When I first read “tiki art show”, this was… more

5.25…A Painting Marathon

May 08, 2013

5.25…A Painting Marathon My connection to the numbers 5 and 25, in 25 pieces.

5 artists, 25 pieces per artist, each at $25…a great opportunity and tremendous challenge.
My theme:
I feel connected to the numbers 5 and 25. Leo is the 5th zodiac sign. I am… more

Commissioned New Orleans Triptych

March 25, 2013

Commissioned New Orleans Triptych New Orleans triptych: Mid-City, French Quarter and Garden District.

New Orleans is almost like a second home to me. When I was asked to do a series of paintings with the city as my inspiration, I was thrilled. For the triptych, I wanted to… more

If the Skatepark of Tampa had a cigar label

February 28, 2013

If the Skatepark of Tampa had a cigar label I wanted to make something that had Tampa at it’s core.

The final installment of the 93 ‘til Infinity series is coming up. For this event, 20 artists (10 local, 10 national) will be creating works that incorporate the infamous SPoT logo.
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Intermix: a collabo adventure

February 22, 2013

Intermix: a collabo adventure The beginning of a bangin’ new artistic collaboration in Tampa. Tony Krol and Michelle Sawyer.

Tony Krol and I created a series of portraits to display in LA Gallery Salon. The show opened with an event called Intermix on February 22, 2013. Working closely with such an amazing artist has… more

Taking it back to 2003

January 04, 2013

Taking it back to 2003 Pick a year, pick an event, create. Ingredients for an interesting piece.

This piece was created for Part 3 of the “‘93 ‘til Infinity” art show series at The Bricks. 20 years, 20 artists. Each artist selected a year between 1993-2012, picked a pop-culture event from that… more

New Work for Open Studio

November 30, 2012

New Work for Open Studio My studio walls were bare, so I worked hard to make them look sharp.

I rarely had the opportunity to create just for the sake of creating. My first open study gave me a reason. I hadn’t work on paper in a while, so I decided to try something… more

‘93 ‘til Infinity board

October 21, 2012

‘93 ‘til Infinity board Skateboard design in honor of the Skatepark of Tampa’s 20th anniversary.

First off, I love doing designs on boards. Whether its a wakeboard or skateboard, they are always super fun. So when I knew I had to create a design in honor of the Skatepark of… more

Ultimate Warrior vs Papa Shango in Munny form

October 03, 2012

Ultimate Warrior vs Papa Shango in Munny form Commemorating the only time in wrestling that voodoo caused a man’s head to ooze slime.

Two Munny dolls customized for the Daddy Kool Munny Show 2012.
I was a huge wrestling fan as a child, with the Ultimate Warrior being one of my favorites. No feud stuck out in… more

Star Wars nursery for Boba Fett G

September 25, 2012

Star Wars nursery for Boba Fett G Most people know my feelings about Star Wars. Seems like some of the greatest people I know are into it though.

So, I’ve had to compromise lately. My good friend G and her husband are two such people. It was quite the honor to be asked to paint their nursery, especially for their first child. The… more

The Bricks window painting

July 25, 2012

The Bricks window painting Hitting the place up with a boat load of good luck.

Since The Bricks opened 2 years ago, the place has been great to me. Kick Start My Art has only allowed me to miss one show and The Bricks has kept me full and happy… more

November Foxtrot Whiskey sticker design

July 24, 2012

November Foxtrot Whiskey sticker design These guys played Antiwarpt and my stickers were there too.

Music plays a huge role in my art making process. Definitely a “must have” when I’m working. So, when one of the members of November Foxtrot Whiskey asked about sticker art for Antiwarpt, I was… more

Wake Art Open Piece…The Unidactyl Saga Part 1: The Quest for Ultimate Life

July 04, 2012

Wake Art Open Piece…The Unidactyl Saga Part 1: The Quest for Ultimate Life My first stab at answering “What give you wings?” and I go all out.

For the RedBull Wake Art Project, each artist had to create a piece based on the theme, “What Gives You Wings?” and write a short explanation of his/her work. Well, I wrote my explanation. Here… more

Dear Mama, What’s Beef?

November 12, 2011

Dear Mama, What’s Beef? A tribute to 2 legends.

Another skateboard art show. This time, the images had to incorporate portraiture. I naturally chose to depict Tupac and Biggie in a diptych made of broken boards.

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New pieces for 2 for 2 Show @ The Bricks Ybor (September 24, 2011)

September 24, 2011

New pieces for 2 for 2 Show @ The Bricks Ybor (September 24, 2011) These are pieces that I made for a show in The Bricks’ study hall.

2 artists (Chad Cardoza and myself), 2 bands (Mia Bury and Wet Nurse).
September 24th at The Bricks (1327 E. Seventh Ave., Tampa, FL 33605), 8pm.

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