Art + Illustration + Inspiration

Hello! I’m Arlene, a visual artist and art director based in Manila.

Having worked as a magazine writer and art director for three years, I set up an art blog in 2010 to casually revisit two of my passions: drawing and painting. Later, realizing that I’d stopped creating art for pleasure, I plucked up the courage to strike it out on my own and give my first love my full attention.

Since then, I’ve been driven by a belief in traditional, handmade art. My work is characterized by a certain attention to detail with a feminine, whimsical charm. I'm constantly inspired and informed by fashion trends, chic spaces and places, quirky homegrown lifestyles, and my most favorite magazine in the world, Lula (especially while it was still helmed by Leith Clark).

am drawn to flowers, vintage memorabilia and elements (botanicals as of late), Parisian culture, and French-inspired details. Those, and the color pink. 

I love paper, more so when something on it speaks to me--a subtle wash of my favorite color, a unique floral pattern, gorgeous typography or photography, or an illustration that leaves me in awe. (Plus points if it's on matte paper!) In 2012, right after getting married, I briefly launched a line of custom-designed paper goods, which I dreamt of setting up for the longest time.

While I'm comfortable rendering most subjects in my style, I enjoy doing portraits and small still lifes the most. I keep my plate full working on commissions, collaborating with like-minded creatives, and designing paper goods–these help me share my delicate yet modern take on the world.

I hope this little space inspires you to make and share beautiful things. If you have something to say, ask, or share, feel free to get in touch!