Photo Gallery: Charmaine Olivia’s Whimsical Wood Paintings

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Charmaine Olivia, a self-taught San Franciscan artist, paints often strange, ever dreamy portraits on wood and canvas. She is fascinated with tattoos and the artistic representation thereof, as well as the incorporation of animalistic elements into human figures, lending her characters a mythic, almost Native American feel. She also happens to be a photographer and an illustrator, in case beautiful paintings weren’t enough for one girl, but all of her work has a striking, weird femininity to it that perplexes and enchants. Click through for a few of her paintings, and visit her website for more of everything.

Charmaine Olivia, Boat Shoulders, 2010. 40″ x 40″, oil, ink and colored pencil on wood

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Charmaine Olivia, Headaches, 2010. Oil and colored pencil on wood

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Charmaine Olivia, Fox Masque, 2009. Oil, india ink and acrylic ink on wood

Charmaine Olivia, I Should Really Wash My Hair, 2009. Oil and graphite on some particleboard wood

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Charmaine Olivia, The Garden, 2010. 21″ x 24″, oil, ink and watercolor pencil on maple

Charmaine Olivia, Nautica, 2010. 24″ x 36″, oil, ink and colored pencil on wood

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Charmaine Olivia, Feathers & Skulls, 2010. 40″ x 40″, oil, ink and colored pencil on wood

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Charmaine Olivia, Eternal Summer, 2010. 24″ x 36″, oil, ink and colored pencil on wood

Charmaine Olivia, Three Birds in a Rat’s Nest, 2009.

Charmaine Olivia, Housekeeper, 2010. Oil, acrylic and ink on wood