Graphite sketch of sunflowers in dark green

star dog series

Pet portraits with galaxies in their eyes, as seen through the lens of my synesthesia.

Star Dogs

When I was a kid, I didn't understand that what I saw and felt was not how other's perceived the world around them.  It wasn't until I was in my 20s that I learned that I had synesthesia.  I have at least 10 different forms.  One of them is perceiving other colors on faces or animals as secondary to their naturally seen color schemes.  The Star Dog series is a series of commissioned pet portraits as painted through the lens of that synesthesia.  I started painting little galaxies in their eyes to compliment the overall vibe of the pieces, and I don't actually see their eyes this way- it's just an artistic decision I made regarding the series.

Star Dog pet portraits are high-resolution digital paintings and are available for any kind of pet.  If you're interested in commissioning a portrait, please email me at peaflowertea@gmail.com or contact me through my Instagram.  Portraits are printed on cold press watercolor paper and begin at 60 dollars for an 8x8in print.

pen and ink, digitally rendered
Pea Flower Tomioka, 2020-2022

Handwritten, cursive signature says "pea flower tea" in lowercase letters. The flower is a small sketch of a bloom, instead of the word for "flower".

About the author

 | Website

Pea is an artist focused on building an art therapy platform through transformative art and positive erotica to help victims of sexual violence reclaim their power. She lives on a small island and hides from loud noises.