This exhibit had me designing and creating an original piece of artwork on a blank skate deck along with 100 other Tampa Bay artists for the Shuvit exhibit. I have designed a skate deck before for Local Longboard Co., and really liked the format, so I signed up again, but this time the board was about half the size. Also, the organizers have displayed the artwork in 4 of downtown St. Pete's favorite bars, and made it a pub crawl.
Below, see the progress of the board I titled "I Do What I Want". I went about it by thinking of something that would fit inside the difficult shape of the board. Animals have been showing up more in my work, and the horse head would fit nicely, although I almost chose a snake entwined. As I do, I looked up the symbology of a horse and it embodied independence and strength, when I saw that, I knew it had to be a horse. This past school year I have been working up the courage to take a break from teaching art in the same public school for the past 11 years. This summer was the first time I have really felt free and like I had time to explore other career options. Also, the last photo is the first board I designed in 2014.