M. de Vena is an autodidactic illustrator and designer with his focus being on traditional pen and ink illustration. The drawings are infused with mythology, divination, cultural anthropology, gender identity, and nature. Marrying a layered symbolism aesthetic with the line work and storytelling of nineteenth century book illustration, M. de Vena weaves allegories from personal and current social climates that will continuously delve into the spiritual, emotional, and psychological sides of love and loss, life and death.