Events


bluets
august 4 - august 26
Opening party: August 4, 6 - 9pm

GearBox Gallery
720 West Grand Ave.
Oakland, CA

 

AWAGAMI INTERNATIONAL MINI PRINT EXHIBITION 2017
OCTOBER 7 - OCTOBER 29

Inbe Art Space
Tokushima, Japan 

 

GROUP SHOW
January - March 2018

    North Berkeley Investments
    900 Colusa Ave.
    Berkeley, CA 94707

 

Artist's Statement

Color, texture, translucent layering and, sometimes, a certain political edginess are crucial ingredients for my mixed media work. A passion for brush writing inspires my minimalist ink paintings and drawings.

I lived in Japan for seven years, and have been studying East Asian calligraphy for more than two decades. Learning “the way of the brush” helped me discover the elegance of understatement, as well as the power of emptiness. That Asian aesthetic, as well as being a journalist for 35 years, fuel my creative process.

Story telling remains important to me, though my tools have changed.

Emotion, ideas, and playfulness are fundamental to my artwork, though not always with the same emphasis or priority.

Sometimes I start with an idea, as in the series, Fleeing Across Continents, which explores the terrifying plight of more than 60 million migrants. Other artwork begins with play, and the ideas follow -- or not. 

Art making enables me to see the world's beauty with more delight and to witness its tragedy with more clarity and compassion. I hope the same might be true for the viewer.

 

Resumé

Group Exhibitions

2017    
Turner Museum Biennial, Chico, CA
Snap, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2016
Sacred & Profane, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Here, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA

2015
Faces & Figures, Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA
Variations in Abstraction, Transmissions Gallery, Oakland, CA
Awagami Int’l Print Show, Tokushima, Japan

2014
Real and Surreal, Sandra Lee Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Art in Motion, Lurie Center, Chicago, IL
Juror: James Rondeau, Art Institute of Chicago

2013
Array, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA
ArtFutura, Chicago, IL
Mayhem, ARC Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2012
Turner Museum Biennial, Chico, CA
Juror: Franklin Sirmans, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Consequences, ARC Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Wonder, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA

2011
Fresh Works, Harrington Gallery, Pleasanton, CA
Guerilla Show, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Priority - East Meets West, Donkey Mill Art Center, Kona, HI

2010
Members Showcase, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA

2009
Autumn Juried Show, Seed Corn Gallery, Berkeley, CA
Inspired by the Bay, Metropolitan Transit Center, Oakland, CA
National Juried Exhibition, ACCI Gallery, Berkeley, CA

2008
Impressions on Paper, Addison St. Windows Gallery, Berkeley, CA
Left, Right & Center, Art of Democracy, Old Town Gallery, Tustin, CA

2007
New Visions, Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA
Pro Arts Annual, Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA

Solo Exhibitions

2015
Manna Gallery, Oakland, CA

2012
Bucci's Exhibition Space, Emeryville, CA

2009
Blowing in the Wind, Sangati Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2007
Latham Square Quarterly, Latham Square, Oakland, CA

2006
Klein's Exhibition Space, San Francisco, CA

Art Education

Printmaking

Various workshops with Enrique Chagoya, Lisa Mackie, Orit Hofshi, Ron Pokraso, Lisa Bulawsky, Emily York and others

Drawing & Painting

Various workshops with Nathan Oliveira, Jane Hammond, Jane Rosen, Jamie Brunson and others

Calligraphy

Kazuaki Tanahashi, Berkeley, CA (2004-present)
Yoshiko Okada, Tokyo (1997-2003)

Other Experience

35 years as a journalist in Tokyo, Chicago, Silicon Valley and Seattle