Monday, July 7, 2014

Painting Perspectives

The Game II, 2014
gouache on paper 
32 x 40"

I used to hate gouache when I was in art school. It was difficult to get an even coat over large areas, it would dry too fast, and it came in small tubes that did not seem very economical. All of that changed in 2011 when I took a medical leave from my full-time job. All that I had access to was an old gouache paint set and scraps of printmaking paper I had scattered around the house, so I gave it another shot. 
I picked up my paint set and fell in love with a medium that I had misunderstood. Since there wasn't a pressure of a deadline or preconceived notions about what I wanted to make, I was free to play with it and to explore its properties anew. In the two months that I was able to paint, I painted like a child with a new box of crayons.  Suddenly, the quick drying medium was working to my advantage because it allowed me to work on several pieces at a time. Every day I started a new painting and every day I made a mess. I had several paintings scattered about and cups of mirky paint water around me. I would dilute the paint and use it like water color to slowly build up transparent layers. I would dip my brushes in cups of water and run my finger along the bristles to create an overspray of saturated dots on my new work with very little concern for what I was making at the time. 
My color palette changed and I became excited about the possibilities in working with a form of paint that was rich in color and flat in nature. I began to think about pattern, color, shapes and dimensionality. I wanted to try them all out, together. Everything all at the same time, to juxtapose ideas in hopes of achieving a sense of harmony. Today, the properties of gouache have not only allowed me to make larger scale paintings more quickly, but have also introduced new concepts to how I approach a painting. Some areas are neat, some areas are messy. Some areas have a high amount of detail, some are painterly and look unfinished. Some figures are rendered, while the patterns on their clothing remain flat. I have worked through any of the misconceptions that I had when I bought my first set, and I am excited about what I have learned. I try to work on my paintings every moment I am not committed to doing something else, and I am looking forward to developing a new visual language of my very own.   

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

There, Here, Now - new works at Hooks-Epstein Galleries

There, Here, Now is a new series of gouache paintings on paper at Hooks-Epstein Galleries, in Houston Texas. These works present a new kind of history painting. Reminiscent of imagery found in historical European art, these works examine signifiers of wealth, class and identity construction with a contemporary twist. Each image merges, juxtaposes and explores elements found in historical paintings with American pop-culture references to draw similarities between the two.
Symbols found There in the past, have managed to manifest themselves Here, and the ideologies of what it means to be successful are more prevalent Now. 

I've Got My Mind on My Money and My Money on My Mind, 2014
gouache on board 
17 x 15" - framed

The Game, 2013
gouache on paper 
40 x 32" - paper size 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Print Perspectives @ Hooks-Epstein Galleries, Houston, TX

Big Empty
drypoint w/ gouache 
12 x 10" 

Houston, TX is hosting “Print Matters” a city wide exhibition focusing on promoting printmaking. Hooks-Epstein Galleries’ exhibition “Print Perspectives” features one of my hand colored dry point prints. For more information, visit their site:

Sunday, February 9, 2014


A SPACE for the Arts

SPACE was born of a need and a passion for the arts in our community. 
Five years ago we set out to create a place where families, friends, and neighbors of South Pasadena and surrounding areas could meet, create and share, where people of all ages and backgrounds could come to learn from each other, where the world class fine artist would meet up with the impassioned novice to build bridges through the language of art. 
The dream is being fulfilled. SPACE has provided arts education to thousands of students and adults through classes, camps, workshops and artist-in-residence programs in local schools. SPACE has hosted over 50 exhibitions of local artists in its gallery, and produced literary and music events. SPACE is the anchor of an emerging arts district in downtown South Pasadena. 
As a non-profit, SPACE belongs to the community, and needs your support to continue making an impact. 

The fees charged for classes and art sales do not cover the actual costs of running an arts center. We are applying for grants, seeking corporate sponsorships, but we need you to help us bridge this gap.

We want to continue fulfilling the arts needs in our community and beyond. 

You can provide art supplies for a free family art activity. ($50)
You can provide 30 students with an art lesson. ($150)
You can send a child to summer arts camp. ($250)
You can sponsor an art exhibit by an upcoming artist. ($1,000)
Any amount you donate will make a difference. 
SPACE educates. SPACE inspires. SPACE touches lives. SPACE makes the community better. Thank you for being a pART of SPACE.

Since 2008 SPACE has been a big supporter of my work. Their first exhibition featured my work and they have created many opportunities for me over the last five years. Through SPACE I was able to work with children in the community through work shops and classes. Through the support of the community and patrons of the arts, a couple of my prints purchased at SPACE were incorporated into the set of the television series Modern Family, and were recently highlighted in November 2013's issue of Entertainment Weekly.

Their contribution to the arts and to the education of children is immeasurable. You too can contribute by donating to their cause today...