Finding Hope and Healing Through Art

“It wasn’t even one of the six most difficult days I had that week.”

-(Michael Carini) Asked about the assault and battery

This month marks the 5th anniversary of the assault and battery that hospitalized me in April (2009) with multiple facial fractures, a concussion and severe ocular trauma. Asked why I elected not to have post trauma surgery: I want to wake up each morning, look in the mirror, and remember what I’ve lived through. Adversity serves only one purpose in my life-to illuminate the obstacles that heart and perseverance can overcome.

I found the hope and healing I needed to endure through my art. My hope now is that my experience can bring the same to someone else in need. Never underestimate the healing power of the arts. In an effort to share my story, I am currently presenting a three month solo-exhibition at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla in San Diego, CA. 

What happened to those responsible? I gave them a painting and thanked them for the inspiration. 

-Michael Carini | The Acrylic Alchemist


Spotlighting LD Austin.  It was this amazing woman who got me interested in Warcraft art in the first place.  I fell in love with her colouring, lighting and deft brushwork at first sight with the Lords of War teaser campaign (these acted as back stories for each of the orcs who were to play a then-major part in the Warlords of Draenor expansion).  They can be found here:

I doubt I would have had the confidence to do anything Warcraft related without her interpretation OK-ing it in my head to not stick religiously with either the hyper-realism look or the in-game on-model cartoony look.   Forgive the fan-worshipping but I owe a lot of my current art-style to LD Austin.   I don’t actually play Warcraft or anything, I just really like the concepts, that’s all.

Check out more of her work (she does really cool beasts) here:

Michael Carini | Astranomelly | Acrylic on Canvas | 78in x 120in

See the Time-Lapse HERE :)