Sunday, February 18, 2018

endangered kingdom artist talk, world pangolin day and more, at the joan hisaoka healing arts gallery

I want to thank folks for braving the cold and sloppy winter weather Saturday to come by and hear my Endangered Kingdom artist talk at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery. It was so good to get a chance to share my work with such wonderful people! A big thanks goes out to Spencer Dormitzer (top photo) for such an eloquent and thoughtful introduction, as well, and to friends who traveled near and far to see the show and hear me speak, and buy my work yesterday. I am forever grateful.

(photos courtesy of JHHAG, directly above and below)

Saturday was also World Pangolin Day, a perfect and appropriate day to talk about my Endangered Kingdom exhibit. I want to give the always inspirational Jennifer Crawford a shout out for purchasing my Pangolin piece on the show’s opening night!

The Smith Center for Healing And the Arts, which is part of the Hisaoka Gallery, is such a warm and welcoming space. I’ve always loved the colorful origami bird sculptures along the space’s window. I'm looking forward to doing a Splotch Monster-making workshop here in March, so stay tuned for more details to come! In the meantime, the Endangered Kingdom art exhibit ends on Saturday, March 3rd, so there's still a little time to see the show before it all comes down. 

Saturday, February 3, 2018

props from dc.artspace!

The @dc.artspace Instagram page was kind enough to let me share a pic that they posted at my opening last week. It was truly heart-warming to see young people getting into the show too, and I loved how their parents had them go on a little scavenger hunt, trying to identify the animals on the exhibit flyer, and match them with the art on the gallery walls. I can’t believe it’s been a little over a week since the opening night for Endangered Kingdom at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, and roughly twenty pieces have already sold. The positive response to this show is more than one could ever hope for. If you missed the opening, the show will run through March 3rd. Hope you can make it!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

paintings at ridge top coffee, sterling, va, february - march, 2018

I currently have a little art exhibit at Ridgetop Coffee & Tea, in Sterling, Virginia, featuring a handful of fairly recent landscapes and nature-themed acrylic paintings (above photos), through the months of February and March, 2018. Kris Loya also has a wall showcasing her beautiful work at Ridgetop during those same months. Stop by if you're in the area, and definitely grab a coffee and try some of their excellent pastries. Our personal favorite is the homemade pop tarts. 

Sunday, January 28, 2018

endangered kingdom, opening reception at the joan hisaoka healing arts gallery, 1/26/2018

Friday night’s opening reception for Endangered Kingdom, at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery was a dream come true. I’m so grateful to Spencer Dormitzer for inviting me to exhibit my work at this wonderful gallery. I’m also incredibly thankful to everyone involved, and to good friends new and old who came to the show, bought some art, and took some time out to say hi and talk a little. My heart is full.  Quite a few pieces sold on opening night, but there are plenty more to chose from, and the show runs through March 3rd, 2018. If you're in the DC area, I hope you can stop by the gallery and check out the show! 

*above photo courtesy Eric Scott/Journal Fodder Junkies

Sunday, January 21, 2018

paulina peavy exhibit at greater reston arts center

Yesterday Kris and I got to see the Paulina Peavy exhibit at the Greater Reston Arts Center. She was born in Colorado in 1901, and passed away in 1999 while living in Bethesda, Maryland. A truly extraordinary artist, Peavy’s work was informed by the supernatural, and in a lot of ways I found parallels to the life and work of Hilma af Klint. I feel extremely fortunate to have seen this show in person, and it kind of blows my mind that it’s practically in my own back yard! The exhibit runs through February 17, 2018.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

endangered kingdom install in progress

A screen shot from the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery FB page - such a nice thing to see at the end of a long and busy day. Wish I could be there for the install, but I know they’ll do a superb job, as with all their exhibits. Opening night is next Friday, January 26, 7-9pm. If you’re in the area, stop by, say “hi” and have a look around. Hope to see you there! 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

first article at "live an artful life"

Tom and Linda Neel invited me to write an article about arts in education at their website, Live an Artful Life. In addition to being extraordinary artists, Tom and Linda have been singing the praises of art and creativity with LAAL. This is my first article written for the publication, and I look forward to contributing more in the very near future. Enjoy!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

splotch monsters on yupo

Finally completed and posted some Splotch Monsters, made on 5”x7” Yupo paper. There were some challenges, regarding the drawing aspect, though nothing I couldn’t easily work out - just a different way of working, yielding some pleasing results! You can view them better at the Splotch Monster blog.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

snow day w.i.p.

Painted a surface from layers of watercolor before drawing over it tomorrow. We’ve had our first official snow day today, and will have our second tomorrow. Today was filled with mundane but necessary tasks like cleaning the house, doing laundry, rearranging furniture in the living room, writing thank-you cards and preparing and sending out mail. It was good to get all of this stuff done, and opened up space for creativity and working on art, some of which I began this evening in the studio. I like the abstract nature of this one, and it reminds me of the icy cold weather we’ve been experiencing in Northern Virginia lately. Looking forward to having a good studio day tomorrow, and working some more on this. Stay warm and stay tuned!