Pride – Pride was inspired by the painting done by Artemisia Gentileschi’s Mary Magdalene in Melancholy, this print series was a combination of the pose from Gentileschi’s painting and of the Jane Austen book Pride and Prejudice. The character is in deep contemplation as opposed to being sorrowful like Mary was.

Heart in the Blue Darkness – This was made in inspiration of the town Brownville, Nebraska. The steamboat was a large presence in the establishment and growth of the small town. The steamboat is their Heart in the Blue Darkness.

This is Fine – This is Fine is based on my personal mental state at most periods of time. It’s a crudely drawn gif based off of the comic now meme by KC Green of the same title. The gif is a representation of what I think describes me most.

Staria Martin

As an artist, I don’t shy away from the term play in my works. I like to play with all sorts of different ways to present a subject. I lean into illustrations as a way to express myself more freely. I use a lot of people in my work. I like to see how the people I use in any of my works can convey the message. Creating multiple iterations of works is also something I greatly enjoy doing. It thrills me to see the different messages you could convey with just a little change. Playing with color is also one of my favorite things to do in my pieces, seeing what works well with and what can create a beautiful contrast with my subject. I try to have as much fun as possible with whatever I’m creating. Why make something if you’re not going to have fun with it!