The Art, Words, and Photos on this site are by PAUL YBARRA. I am a visual and performance artist based in Hollywood, California.
I specialize in Music, Art & Fetish.
I love meeting new fans and making new friends, and regularly have "Art Roadshows" where I perform and sell art. Email me directly at str8jacketbear@gmail.com

I took this February of 2013, while visiting Fort Lauderdale, Florida for three weeks. There’s something special and mysterious about the skies in the South. Coming from Southern California and raised with the spoilage of mountains, desert and ocean just minutes apart, no place captures the ghostly magic of nature at the height of the sun or the glow of the moon, quite like a Southern Sky.
The weather was turning at the time this photo was taken in late afternoon, making way for a beautiful thunderstorm that brought with it warm rain and humid gloominess that slunk around the pool for the rest of evening. It was magic. It’s probably the thing I miss most about living in the South; those glorious times when there was thunder in the afternoon…

I took this February of 2013, while visiting Fort Lauderdale, Florida for three weeks. There’s something special and mysterious about the skies in the South. Coming from Southern California and raised with the spoilage of mountains, desert and ocean just minutes apart, no place captures the ghostly magic of nature at the height of the sun or the glow of the moon, quite like a Southern Sky.

The weather was turning at the time this photo was taken in late afternoon, making way for a beautiful thunderstorm that brought with it warm rain and humid gloominess that slunk around the pool for the rest of evening. It was magic. It’s probably the thing I miss most about living in the South; those glorious times when there was thunder in the afternoon…

Donna Summer: Our Love
By Paul Ybarra, 2014
Size: 20x30
Medium: Digital and Cosmetics

Every day, you are in our thoughts and in our hearts. In loving and respectful homage to Donna Summer.

Donna Summer: Our Love
By Paul Ybarra, 2014
Size: 20x30
Medium: Digital and Cosmetics

Every day, you are in our thoughts and in our hearts. In loving and respectful homage to Donna Summer.

"Green Man", by Paul Ybarra, 2014
Size: 20 x 30
Medium: Digital & Make-Up
This was originally a tribute to the late great gay Porn Icon Al Parker, but as I worked on it, and spent the last three days getting to know him on the canvas, he became a mythic incarnate of Al Parker, and thus, a more forest dwelling, magical and satyr-istic version..I think this is part of who Al Parker truly was..a spiritual, original hippie who inspired and intoxicated his audience with lust, sexual desire and joy..Al Parker, you are mythic, beautiful and always in our thoughts and dreams..

"Green Man", by Paul Ybarra, 2014

Size: 20 x 30

Medium: Digital & Make-Up

This was originally a tribute to the late great gay Porn Icon Al Parker, but as I worked on it, and spent the last three days getting to know him on the canvas, he became a mythic incarnate of Al Parker, and thus, a more forest dwelling, magical and satyr-istic version..I think this is part of who Al Parker truly was..a spiritual, original hippie who inspired and intoxicated his audience with lust, sexual desire and joy..Al Parker, you are mythic, beautiful and always in our thoughts and dreams..

Worcester the Space Cat 
(It’s actually our 17 pound baby with his “where the fuck are my snacks mommy?!” look …)

Worcester the Space Cat
(It’s actually our 17 pound baby with his “where the fuck are my snacks mommy?!” look …)

Haunted Sunday in Chinatown, 4/2014
(Photos taken by me)

Haunted Sunday in Chinatown, 4/2014
(Photos taken by me)

Donna Summer: there will always be a you, by Paul Ybarra 2014

In homage to the divine Donna Summer.. It’s unbelievable that a voice like hers actually existed..(sigh)

Donna Summer: there will always be a you, by Paul Ybarra 2014

In homage to the divine Donna Summer.. It’s unbelievable that a voice like hers actually existed..(sigh)

DONNA SUMMER, by Paul Ybarra 2014

DONNA SUMMER, by Paul Ybarra 2014

"Hanuman’s Heart" by Paul Ybarra, 2014
Size: 20 x 30 Medium: Digital & Cosmetics
In homage to Lord Hanuman, Hindu Monkey Deity, representing Devotion, Physical Strength & Perseverance..

"Hanuman’s Heart" by Paul Ybarra, 2014

Size: 20 x 30 
Medium: Digital & Cosmetics

In homage to Lord Hanuman, Hindu Monkey Deity, representing Devotion, Physical Strength & Perseverance..

"Rooms on Fire: Stevie NIcks" by Paul Ybarra, 2014
Size: 20 x 30 medium: Digital & Cosmetics

Using lyrics from Stevie Nicks “Rooms on Fire”..no one builds the fire of longing stronger, brighter, and beautiful than Stevie Nicks…I love this song..I remember when it came out in 1989 and playing my cassette single over and over again..practicing twirling, running through the park and pretending I too was like Stevie Nicks…

"Rooms on Fire: Stevie NIcks" by Paul Ybarra, 2014

Size: 20 x 30 
medium: Digital & Cosmetics

Using lyrics from Stevie Nicks “Rooms on Fire”..no one builds the fire of longing stronger, brighter, and beautiful than Stevie Nicks…I love this song..I remember when it came out in 1989 and playing my cassette single over and over again..practicing twirling, running through the park and pretending I too was like Stevie Nicks…

"Blue Night Song" by Paul Ybarra, 2014
Size: 20 x 30
Medium: Digital & Cosmetics

"Blue Night Song" by Paul Ybarra, 2014

Size: 20 x 30

Medium: Digital & Cosmetics

"Annie Lennox: Primitive" by Paul Ybarra
Size: 20x30 Medium: Digital & Cosmetics

"Annie Lennox: Primitive" by Paul Ybarra

Size: 20x30 Medium: Digital & Cosmetics

"Tina Turner", by Paul Ybarra, 2014
Size: 20 x 30
Medium: Digital & Cosmetics

In homage with love and respect to The Queen of Rock and Roll, as Lena Horne said it herself, “the hardest working woman in show business”,Ms. Tina Turner.

"Tina Turner", by Paul Ybarra, 2014

Size: 20 x 30

Medium: Digital & Cosmetics

In homage with love and respect to The Queen of Rock and Roll, as Lena Horne said it herself, “the hardest working woman in show business”,Ms. Tina Turner.

Hollywood Forever, looking out from the east mausoleum. Christmas Eve, 2013

Hollywood Forever, looking out from the east mausoleum. Christmas Eve, 2013

Everything’s Beautiful (In It’s Own Way)

There’s an old song by Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton that my best friend Kasey turned me on to; “Everything’s Beautiful In It’s Own Way” deals with the magic and majesty of every day nature, and being moved by what the writer sees.

A not so unusual homage to the wonders and natural beauty of our world. But the one part of the lyric that really stuck to me, and even now, ten years later, the lyric haunts and mystifies me at the naked truth of what it says:

"When I see the clouds form a black summer windstorm
That uproots the harvest and hurls it away
In the midst of such anger, destruction and danger
The storm’s even beautiful in it’s own way”

I love that part of the song. I just remember sitting in Kasey’s Texas-sized truck, speeding down the back-roads of Fort Bend County in between a thunderous and hot rainstorm that broke out in the mid-afternoon.

The honesty and truth of what Dolly Parton wrote just floored me; it made me silent and awestruck, truly silenced into a quiet joy of understanding, something spiritual. I remember tears flowed from my eyes (as they are now as I type this, remembering) and Kasey turning to me, his eyes filled with tears, and a mutual understanding of what we were listening to. 

I often come back to the honesty and truth in those words, when I am at a place of judgment of music, art, or people that I don’t understand or get. I think about that person’s vision, artistically or otherwise, and realize that it comes down to how they feel about what they do and create. I am merely a spectator, and just as I create my art, music and decisions to fit me best, so do they in their own way, for themselves. And it is right, and good.

Thank you Dolly Parton, for writing such a beautiful and honest lyric, that has become a source of refuge, peace, and acceptance, in myself, and in others.

We are all our own art, in constant motion and flux, being beautiful in our own way..