Friday, August 1, 2014

Redoing/Updating Mural

This past month I have been working on updating (basically redoing) an existing mural that looks as though it was originally created in the 1970's or early 80's. Although the design already existed, it was fun choosing a brand new color palette. I hired one of my best friends Victoria Howard, who is a fantastic artist to help me out, which made the whole thing even more fun. The clients are wonderful and I was really fortunate to get the project! Frida was glad as well, and art directed a bit as you can see in the photos.......

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Leaving The Comfort Zone of Los Angeles....

Dear Barnsdall,
We need to talk. I still love you, but I just need some space. I never cheated on you. I'm just trying to do what's right for both of us. It's been quite a ride: 17 years of teaching art to kids up on the hill. Today was my last class. It's not you, it's me. I think you're an amazing school. There's no one else, I swear. I'm just not ready to settle down. So it's really over, then. I guess we're breaking up. I hope we can still be friends. What, you want my key back? What do you mean, get out? Fine! Come end of August, I'm picking up my stuff.... Hello, Italy! :))))

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Painted shirt

Maybe someday I will get over this gargoyle thing. In the meantime, here is the back of a shirt I painted on of a made up creature....(ignore the wrinkles! need to find my iron.)

Arctic Circle Expedition

Woohooo! I am over the top excited that I have been accepted into The Arctic Circle artist residency expedition, which sails out of Norway on an old viking sailing vessel for two weeks in 2015. There will be approx 14-20  international artists plus scientists, and the captain and crew leaving out the of northern most town in the world with over 1,000 people: Longyearbyen, Norway. We will be working on our own artwork plus collaborating together to concept and create artwork that engages in the central issues of our time. Below are some photos of previous voyages, and for more information the website link is :)))))) Exactly 441 days until departure.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

3D Sculpture Using Trash For The Armature

Now that I have created quite a few pieces of two dimensional art with recycled materials (aka garbage :) my next goal is to construct three dimensional pieces of art with the same idea: using found trash and recyclable materials for the framework of these sculptures.....

My first attempt is a gargoyle head that I had previously designed in a 2D piece a couple of years ago. I scrounged around the alley and looked in a couple of recycle bins and trash cans. Among a few other items like plastic grocery bags, etc., I was lucky to score an old plastic colander/strainer and a plastic milk carton.... you can see the progression from the start: after using the trash to concoct an armature,  (I split open the milk carton vertically to make an open mouth, then used the strainer for the skull shape.)  I put recycled tinfoil around it with painters tape (to hold everything together) then covered the entire gargoyle head in leftover artist tape that I had sitting around in my studio.

Next step: paper mache. I mixed old paper towels with wallpaper paste and a tad bit of water, then applied it everywhere around the head. After this dried, I applied a layer of joint compound, let that dry for a few days, and have begun sanding the entire thing with 80 grit sandpaper (by hand) to see if it will get smooth.....stay tuned for more work in progress!!!

Friday, February 21, 2014


It's February in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Nevsky Prospect is covered in white snow and fur coats - except for dots of red blood trailing from behind a man who is furiously limping ahead like he's on a mission. His brown eyes, focused straight ahead, are either tearing up from the winter cold or the pain of having his knee cap cut off, I'm not sure which. I think his name is Amarok, but it could be Havok, or maybe Enkh. Although he clearly stands out in the crowd today, he sadly is only another sheep in the herd of racism against Siberian ethnicities in this country.
Amorak, Linoleum cut, Paint, Charcoal, and Pastel on Board 10" x 10"

Monday, December 30, 2013


Hungover, Brian sips bad coffee and waits for the G train into Manhattan. He rubs his eyes, squints, and sees the silhouette of a man falling off the platform onto the tracks below. Instinctively, he jumps off the concrete, bolts down the railway and scoops the guy up to safety just as the light from the train rounds the corner. The two stare at each other in shock. "Did you have a seizure?" Brian asks, wide-eyed. "Should you go see a doctor?" The man tucks in his shirt and straightens his tie.
"I don't have any insurance," he mumbles, then walks away.
Brian, etching on zinc plate, 8" x 10"