I’m SKOP, a native of the Bay Area, California. Ever since I was a child she loved to create, whether it be spinning tales in the written word or painting portraiture narratives with the brush, stories have to be told. After graduating from University of California San Diego in 2006 with a B.A. in Visual Arts and a minor in writing, I returned to the Bay Area to focus on work. Painting anything that suited my interests, from animal portraiture to landscapes and my favorite, women, I found her biggest inspiration in my own heritage: Dia de los Muertos.
Taking the stories told to me as a child, memories from growing up, and the ritual of creating the altar at home, I began creating works to represent the holiday. Varying between skeleton and sugar skull women, I explore the actions of the dead in various joyous moments, interacting with the living and as well as exploring the sensuality of death with women in the candied death masks.
I also continue to paint my other love: animals. Pet portraiture is another joy of mine as I love being able to paint the various personalities of the my subjects.
I have participated art shows from San Diego to Eureka, in various galleries and boutiques such as Voz Alta, Belle Star, Petite Galleria and The Works Gallery. I have won several awards for my work at the San Mateo County Fairs Day of the Dead exhibit, including first place in 2017. I was a member of the Queer Girl Theater Project in San Francisco, the featured artist at El Aguila in Salinas, for both the Day of the Dead and Mexican Revolution Celebrations and has provided the promotional artwork for Calvary Cemetery’s yearly Day of the Dead Festival in San Jose from 2010 to 2018.
When I’m is not at my easel or sketching up ideas, I can be found chasing my kids over trails, digging in my garden, or editing my first urban fantasy novel.