A little bit of everything
Meet the Artist
My name is Trevor Mock and I am a queer artist from Tucson, Arizona and call the Sonoran Desert my home. I started Sonoran Witch Boy in September 2018 in Tucson, Arizona. My work is inspired by historical botanical illustrations and focuses on botanical life through reverse glass painting. I apply acrylic paint and markers to the back of glass to create a flat graphic quality. The plants are recognizable while maintaining a simplistic style. I hope to share my love of desert flora and encourage my audience to learn more about plants by including both the scientific and common names of the plant. In addition to painting, I am currently experimenting with embroidery, sewing, natural pigments and dyes, as well as mural painting. I incorporate sustainability into my art by using recycled frames and windows for my paintings, recycled house paint, used fabric, and purchase materials from local businesses.
Read on to learn about the illustration services I offer & my art-making processes.
Murals & Interiors
- Cocktail bar mural in the common room of the Posada, featuring Agave zebra, Agave schottii, and Agave americana, an ode to the tequila and mezcal that would be served there.
Murals & InteriorsCocktail bar mural in the common room of the Posada, featuring Agave zebra, Agave schottii, and Agave americana, an ode to the tequila and mezcal that would be served there. Learn More
My Process: Sewing & Fiber Arts
I am currently trying to find more ways to involve sewing and fiber into my art practice. One of my continual interests is finding an unloved material and bringing life back to it so that it can be reused and enjoyed longer. I think about the human time and labor that goes into an object that can never be returned. In my art I hope to honor that effort by giving it new use.
I am overwhelmingly excited by stained and ripped fabric that will either end up in a landfill or sent to be made into insulation. Through the use of natural dyeing, sewing, fabric printing, and embroidery I hope to effect a small change in people's perspectives of what has worth and what does not. As I grow my business and through my changing art practice, sustainability and the reimagining of material will be a continual and strong thread on my journey.
My Process: Reverse Glass Painting
Reverse glass painting, or Verre églomisé, is when paint is applied to the reverse side of glass. I use vintage windows and old frames as my canvases. I use permanent markers to create the designs in my work and then use acrylic paint in layers on top of the marker to add colors.
My Process: Natural Dye
I have recently been experimenting with natural dyeing of vintage and used fabrics. The main techniques I use are ice dyeing and vat dyeing. The ice dyeing process involves layering ice and dye over mordanted fabric. This causes the dye to slowly find its way to the fabric as the ice melts, leaving a tie dye effect. Vat dyeing is when fabric is submerged into a container of dye stuff and water to give an even color over all of the fabric. I combine these two techniques to get a tie dyed look with no original undyed fabric showing.