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Zachary’s Love for all things Star Wars


Welcome to my long overdue blog post about my special Star Wars pieces. I, like many fan boys and girls out there have a deep rooted love for Star Wars and the characters within. I make hand-painted earrings and cuffs, prints and original paintings, and statement necklaces all inspired by the science fiction masterpiece. Keep in mind as you look through these creations that I also take special requests!

This Glorious Milennium Falcon statement necklace is IN Stock

This original Chewbacca Dead Kennedys commission has a forever home in Cape Meares, Oregon, but you can special order your own similar piece, or purchase the giclee print here. 
 

Luke vs Vader hand-painted earrings! In stock now.

These are the latest in my Star Wars themed line, featuring Hera Syndulla. Available now

Master and apprentice, defining moments. AHSOKA, ANAKIN, VADER. available now

Blue jade, vintage rhinestones, and chains make this R2D2 necklace a sight to behold. The droid necklace is available now, but there is only 1 available!

Hand-painted Princess Leia earrings, pictured as a rebel fighter and a slave to Jabba. She is still available now.

“I love you, I know” hand-painted earrings with Han Solo and Princess Leia, heart shaped and available now.  

The white and black enamel Storm Trooper statement necklace is still available online, while supplies last.

Ahsoka Tano hand-painted gold leaf earrings, available now.

The Darth Vader bib necklace is available special order only. Email me to pre-order.

Sabine Wren hand-painted earrings. I gave her the graffiti Helmut in one and the Dark Saber in the other. She is available now.

This Steampunk inspired C3PO bib necklace is available by special order only. Email me to pre-order.

Ahsoka mirror image earrings inspired by my original Ahsoka print, also available below

The Space-tastic Ahsoka Tano giclee print, always available here.

Ahsoka Tano hand-painted canvas jewel snap cuff available now.

Last, and most certainly not least is this bold beauty, the Boba Fett statement necklace. Available for now

I hope you enjoyed a look through of my Star Wars inspired creations. 

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‘Round my Hometown I have many muses

The double sided Mt Hood Gold Leaf Disc Necklace

There have been a few additions to my Oregon inspired hand-painted jewelry collection and I thought it time to show them and the spaces that inspire them a little love. Above is my first painted Oregon charm necklace. It is sealed with non toxic acrylic and has a real gold leaf background. It is finished off with a gold grommet and has doubled up fine, vintage gold plated chain. The charm showcases that sweet baby that I spoke of a few days ago, Mt Hood. You can purchase one HERE

The real life version, from a different angle

Punchbowl Falls 

Punchbowl Falls is a beauty to behold. In recent years the trail has become so crowded that I tend to shy from it. Recently some teenagers started a huge fire with fireworks on this very trail. The blaze closed down many of these beloved spots, so us Oregonians are really hurting. Hoping these earrings remind us of those better days that are bound to return. Get the earrings HERE. 

St Johns Bridge

This beautiful bridge sits just to the north of downtown Portland, connecting the neighborhood of St Johns to Hwy 30 and Forest Park. This is the first time I have painted these so slender and long and the shape compliments the cathedral-like bridge perfectly. Get a pair HERE

Mt Adams

Mt Adams sits to the Northeast of us and is truly magnificent. I have only visited the Mt Adams wilderness once and my breath was taken for certain. The terrain was quite distinctive compared to what I am used to closer to Portland. You need permits to hike on many of the trails on Mt Adams because the majority of it is still First Nation owned, which is amazing. You can get these earrings any time, HERE

I made this little collage recently, the day the Eagle Creek fire started. Clockwise from top left: Wahclella, Quarry Island, Elowah, Latourell, Weisendanger, and the Multnomah loop

Winter Multnomah Falls

Summer Multnomah Falls

No collection would be complete without Oregon’s crown jewel, Multnomah Falls. I have visited countless times, even with the terrifying masses crowding the viewpoints. I’m willing to brave those crowds just to stand for a moment in the spectacle of these falls. Above I have two styles of the falls, Winter (top) available HERE and Summer (bottom) available HERE

Mt Hood assorted earrings

Finally I re-visit Mt Hood! On clear days the mountain gleams in the distance from many vantage points in Portland. Every single time I visit closer to the mountain and it comes into view I exclaim something, be it a curse word, or a simple “Wow” – the mountain never, ever fails to impress. I have three pairs listed on my etsy page, version 1version 2, and version 3. You can also see many more nature inspired earrings and paintings in my store. 


Powering through when Mercury Retrograde is slapping you around

Last year my friend Kelly and I packed a lot of life into a two week trip to Japan, a place we both adore. One of my favorite Unesco world heritage sites, Himeji Castle was a highlight of the trip. As we approached the castle I got to see my dear friend weep tears of joy as we took in the view. She had been dreaming of visiting for many years and once you see the place you can understand being overcome with emotion. As we started the long walk through town to Himeji Castle my thoughts were we would be able to explore the grounds outside and take some breath-taking photos, but I was not prepared to be allowed to go inside, and not just go inside, but explore every floor, all the way to the top. The history here is a bit overwhelming and inspiring at the same time. The castle is frequently known as Hakuro-jō or Shirasagi-jō (“White Egret Castle” or “White Heron Castle”) because of its brilliant white exterior and supposed resemblance to a bird taking flight. 

I based this painting on one of my photos of the castle and added the Egret because of the name. 

This piece took me ages, but I poured a lot of love into it as I hold the place in such high regard. It is on 5×7 canvas board and has an ornate, vintage gold wooden frame. It is for sale now, but will also be featured in my upcoming show in Philadelphia on May 5th. (More on that later)

HEMEJI castle

I have been bouncing back and forth between paintings,  painted earrings and Jewelry trying to get more out there, restocking stores and preparing for art shows and charity events. It has felt overwhelming at times and as though my Work load is more than I can manage, but that is when I am my most creative. One of this week’s creations is a Star Wars favorite (of mine) SABINE WREN!!!

SABINE WREN hand-painted earrings

Below is one of my entries for Little Art Big Cause, URANUS and NEPTUNE. The charity art sale takes place at Scandals in downtown Portland and will be up May 4th through Pride month. HALF of every sale will benefit various charity organizations. 

URANUS AND NEPTUNE

“Space Cowboys” is one of five original pieces that I have at the Sci-fi Show opening May 4th at Afru Gallery in SE Portland. 

I have a mega-crush on Beast Boy from the Teen Titans which was really the primary reason behind painting the beauties below. Of course, I can’t wear them, so perhaps a cuff is in order.

Beast Boy hand-painted earrings

And finally we come to my last entry, this glorious copper and agate necklace. The perfect orange Oregon beach agate was found on a walk near Seal Rock with my boyfriend. It pairs nicely with the vintage copper chains and is sure to get you bombarded with compliments!

That’s all for now – just a snap shot of me, trying to power through a rather difficult month. MAY is here and big things are just around the corner. I will speak on that tomorrow!

Copper and raw Oregon Coast agate statement necklace