The paintings and illustrations of San Francisco based full-time artist and model Charmaine Olivia ooze the sex appeal and wonderment of insanely attractive female ghosts, dead long before their time. The sayings, “Was†ed You†h” and “Live Fast, Die Young” instantly come to mind when viewing her artworks. Her works focus on the high fashion beauty of her subjects, with their striking cheek bones, enormous pouty lips and transcendent eyes. She works in a variety of media to capture these images, but her favorite mediums are oil and ink.
When viewing these works, you can’t help but picture yourself running into one of these ghosts while taking a warm shower in the middle of winter, steam filling the bathroom, and making yourself think your brain is playing tricks on you between the haze. Or while walking through a garden at dawn, capturing and burning the beauty of the scene into your mind forever… because you hope the garden will never grow old and decrepit. You know her subjects frequent these places regularly — and you want them to have a beautiful place to wander. The best way to learn more about Charmaine Olivia and her work is to follow her through Tumblr, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Charmaine does give us a glimpse behind what drives her in the following way:
“I love lace, ghosts, high waisted undies and am addicted to social media. I dream every night and I never get bored.”
Enjoy her works below, and make sure to check out her brand new shop and order a print of her stunning work.
by photographer Neave Bozorgi
Inked Girls magazine shoot with Eva Kolenko
by photographer Kenny Sweeney
moonlighting: Projector series.
via: Charmaine Olivia