Sunday, February 25, 2018

endangered kingdom (extended): north american red wolf

Here's one more to add to the Endangered Kingdom series - the North American Red Wolf. It was made as a gift commission for a dear friend's husband who worked to protect wildlife for over three decades. They came to my exhibit and artist talk, and purchased some work, but were hoping to find this amazing animal represented in the show. How I now wish it was in the show, but I'm so glad I got the opportunity to further delve a bit more into the series, and create this piece for such wonderful people.  I chose to document the making of the piece in chronological order as well, and posted it here in reverse. 

In the meantime, the Endangered Kingdom exhibit at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery will be on display for only one more week. On Saturday, March 3rd, by 3pm, the show will end. If you're in the DC area, hope you can make it out to the show!

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.