Unfinished

My painting career hasn’t always been consistent. Between grad school, my part time job as a writer, and personal life, I barely have free time to relax — much less create. But I thought it’s important to accept that, that the life of an artist isn’t easy. No artist will say life is easy. If…

“Hinahon” (Serenity)

The most beautiful things in life are also the most fragile. Serenity or “Hinahon” in Tagalog is one of my most treasured gifts. It’s not everyday that I receive it, but when I do, I make sure to be grateful for it and hope that it will be given more often. Most times, I receive…

Memories in Blue

I was asked to recreate my previous studies just a few months ago. Many of my friends were wondering what I was feeling when I made these artworks almost three years ago. Back then, I just thought, “Oh I’m just trying out this painting thing. I can only afford three colors — blue, black, and…

Vintana

Five of my paintings now have a new guardian — Vintana.ph. They’re an amazing gallery that connects Filipino artists and Filipino art enthusiasts and collectors abroad. Here are the paintings I listed under Vintana. Hardin Halimuyak Himlay I’m really excited for this new partnership, an avenue where I can share my art and my stories…

Using Baybayin in my art-signature

When I did a workshop for an orphanage a few months ago, I brought some paintings with me to show the kids. I discovered I haven’t signed some of the paintings, and out of a whim, I signed it in Baybayin. Baybayin is the native handwriting of my people, Tagalog.  The most famous painter in the…

“Angela’s Skull”

This painting has been nine months in the making. I started sketching it in November 2018. I’ve been holding off working on this painting because I thought it was daunting. It was my first time painting a realistic skull, and I am making it for a close friend, so I wanted it to be perfect….

Giraffe painting

This is my first acrylic painting since last year. I’ve been playing with watercolour, sure, but that’s just because it’s the easiest medium to grab when I’m on the go. This is the first time I’ve really sat down and worked on a painting for a long time. I’ve been planning to paint a giraffe…

“Ellie”

This elephant painting was commission for a baby’s room. I named the elephant Ellie because I just think it suits him. I kept referring to him as Ellie, so the challenge of painting won’t be so daunting for a newbie like me.

Chowchow painting

This painting was commissioned by a friend I met in medschool. She’s a dog-owner (all chowchows), so she wanted them as subjects of the painting. I definitely had fun working on all those fluffy furs.

“Himlay”

Maia Enriquez Himlay, (2017) Acrylic on canvass, 15.7″ x 19″   “Himlay” is probably the closest one to my heart. I created this artwork during one of my darkest moments — when I was suffering from insomnia and depression, when dreams were just as blurry and scary as my real life. I couldn’t seem to…