Hudson Residency // Experiments in Blue



Friends, I am finishing up my residency here at Drop Forge and Tool this weekend, and culminating it with a small one-night-only exhibition. If you are the area, I hope you will stop by. All works will be for sale. Below is some of the work I have made while I have been here (and you can view much more here on Instagram).









Have a great Tuesday and hope to see you this weekend at the open studio.





Friends, I am writing today to let you know about the #YESALLWOMEN fundraiser. Proceeds benefit the East Los Angeles Women’s Center, which aides survivors of sexual assault and domestic abuse. The event includes both a ticketed event (see poster above) plus an opportunity to donate online.

For the online fundraiser, I have donated a package that includes a framed 11×14 inch original piece of art from The Reconstructionists series pictured below (of Frida Kahlo!) along with a signed copy each of my books Whatever You Are, Be a Good One and my latest book of quotes, Fortune Favors the Brave. Here’s how it works: if you donate $450 to the fundraiser, you get this original piece of art plus the two books!

If you are able to donate any amount to make this venture possible, organizers would be so grateful!


If you live in the greater Los Angeles area and are interested in purchasing tickets to the #YesAllWomen fundraiser (check out that list of artists!), you can get them here.

Have a great Monday, friends!

CATEGORIES Exhibitions | For Sale

Portland Pride Exhibition at Wieden & Kennedy Gallery



{My contribution to the W&K Pride Exhibition & Silent Auction this Friday!}

Portland! Come kick off Gay Pride Weekend at Wieden+Kennedy’s gallery (address below) this Friday, June 12 at 6 p.m.  Local artists (including me!) have created original artworks for a silent auction, with half the proceeds benefiting P:EAR, a local organization that builds positive relationships with homeless and transitional youth through education, art and recreation.

Drinks will be offered at the event thanks to the generous support of For a Song Wines, Snowdrift Cider Co., Citizen’s Gin, Capitol Vodka, Skippers Rum and BG Reynolds Syrup. See you there!


Have a great Wednesday, friends!


New Original Works Available



Friends, I’ve got eight new original pieces for sale through Hellion Gallery. If you see one you like (at the time of this writing, the bottom left “Spring Flowers” has sold but all others are available), email to make your purchase. All pieces are 12×16 inches, framed in wood, and $350.

You can see larger images of each piece here on Hellion’s website.

Have a great Thursday, friends!


The Jealous Curator Show at Bedford Gallery



You may recall that earlier this year I wrote about my friend Danielle’s (aka The Jealous Curator) fantastic book Creative Block. And recently 20 artists from the book were curated by Danielle into a show at Bedford Gallery: From Blog to Book to Gallery. Last night I attended the opening, and it is a beautiful show with many amazing works. Here are just a few of my favorite pieces(too many to photograph!) and my own work down at the bottom of the post:


Kate Pugsley.


Stephanie Vovas’ large scale photographs.


Large scale Jenny Hart.


Danielle Krysa.


Martha Rich.


Hollie Chastain.



Jennifer Davis.


Leah Giberson.


Aris Moore.

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Lisa Golightly.




All six of my pieces in the show.


My hummingbird.

All work from the show (if not already sold) is available through Bedford Gallery. The gallery does not have an online shop, but you can call or email at any time to purchase with a credit card. If you are local to the Bay Area, the show will be up through February 1, and I highly recommend a visit! Here are the seven artists (including Danielle) who were able to attend the opening last night: Kate Pugsley, Lisa Golightly, Stephanie Vovas, Danielle Krysa, me, Leah Giberson & Trey Speegle.


One last note: both my book Whatever You Are, Be a Good One and Danielle’s book Creative Block were included in Brain Pickings Best Art, Design and Photography Books of 2014!  Have a happy Monday, all.


For Sale :: Art for Good Mail Day Show



I was very honored when Lisa Solomon and Susan Schwake asked me to be part of the Good Mail Day show at Susan’s gallery Artstream Studios in New Hampshire this month.

In the Good Mail Day show 60 artists create 4×6 inch artwork, all originals!

I created the two pieces above.  I have always loved vintage postcards, especially those that contain hand written correspondence. What better way to celebrate the beauty of mail than to use vintage postcards as my canvas. Each of these pieces is made with a vintage postcard, neon pink gouache paint and a tiny tipped micron pen.

These two one of a kind pieces can be purchased online here and here.  SOLD OUT! But many more by other artists still available over here.

Have a great Tuesday, friends!


Four Squared Show at Arc Gallery



Friends, I’m included in a really interesting — and what should be a really visually beautiful — show in San Francisco that opens this weekend at Arc Gallery (located at 1246 Folsom St, SF). The show, Four Squared, in its fifth season, is a unique exploration of the works of sixteen Bay Area artists. Each of the artists has produced sixteen small works, presented in sixteen clusters giving the audience the experience of sixteen micro solo exhibitions. All works are priced under $500. Each work can be purchased individually or as a collection.

My sixteen paintings are the smallest in the show at 4×4 inches each! You can see my 16 paintings arranged in their proper grid, above.


Four Squared opens this Saturday, August 23rd, from 7-10PM. The reception is open to the public and I encourage you to come and take a look, especially if you are interested in purchasing any of my small works (which are priced at $150 each). I’ll be at the reception from about 6:30-8 pm if you’d like to come say hello! The show closes on September 23rd and you can view it during open gallery

Featured artists include John Arbuckle, Lisa Congdon, Monica & Robin Denevan, Rebecca Fox, Paul Gibson, Joseph Kowalczyk, Lisa Levine & Peter Tonnigsen, Saundra McPherson, Howard Munson, Miwako Nishizawa, Sawyer Rose, Tim Svenonius, Kirsten Tradowsky, Truong Tran, Heather Wilcoxon, and Jan Wurm.

The show was curated by Arc Gallery partners, Michael Yochum & Matthew Frederick. Michael Yochum is the author of SF Art News, which maintains an exhaustive list of art events and openings in San Francisco. Matthew Frederick is founder of Art Farm, an artist collective in the Mission, where he maintains his studio.


Have a great Thursday and hope to see you Saturday at Arc Gallery!


Patti Smith Exhibition



My mission is to communicate, to wake people up, to give them my energy and accept theirs. We’re all in it together, and I respond emotionally as a worker, a mother, an artist, and a human being with a voice. We all have a voice. We have the responsibility to exercise it, to use it. “ – Patti Smith

Friends, I’m pretty excited to be part of a show that honors one of my punk rock heroes, Patti Smith! The show, entitled Patti Smith: This is Your Golden Age: Life is an Adventure of Our Own Design, is showing right now at Wild Goose Creative in Columbus Ohio.


{My portrait of Smith, above, hanging in the gallery}

The show, curated by Vanessa Jean Speckman, includes over 35 homages to the life and work of Patti Smith by artists all over the world.


You can read more about the show and see more images here. The show is up until the end of July.

Have a great Thursday, friends!

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Paintings and Prints for Sale at


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Friends, the work from my show at Poketo is up for sale! Some of the original work has sold, but what is still available is up for sale here.

I also have six limited edition 11×14 inc prints (editions of 20, signed and numbered, printed on German etching paper). You can get those here:

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Have a great Tuesday!


Los Angeles Book Signing & Show Preview!




Friends, as you may know, this coming Saturday, I am having a book signing and show at the POKETO Flagship store in LOS ANGELES from 5-8 pm.

Today I’m going to share with you the 20 original paintings and six limited edition prints that will be available at the event.  That evening, I’ll be signing copies of Whatever You Are, Be a Good One, and we’ll also be selling 20 of my small original paintings (pictured below) and six different limited edition prints (scroll down to see those). Original paintings and prints will be available first to folks who come to the opening//signing and then at 8 pm on the 14th, whatever hasn’t sold will go up for sale on the Poketo website.

You can RSVP for the event here on Facebook (though it’s not necessary to RSVP — just come!)… Either way, I hope to see you there!

Here is a preview of the 20 small 6×9 inch paintings on paper, which will all be for sale for $60 each. (Excuse the wonky iPhone images for now!):


And here is a preview of the six limited edition prints. They are all editions of 20, 11×14 inches, printed on German etching paper, signed and numbered. They are $50 each:







Have a great Tuesday.  Los Angeles, I’ll see you Saturday!


Lines & Circles: A Few Pieces Still Available!



{My dear friend Ronald and my wife Clay at the opening of my show Lines & Circles}

As many of you know, my show Lines & Circles opened earlier this month in downtown Oakland. Most of the 22 pieces in the show have sold, but there are a few still available, which you can purchase here through June 15. Grab one of these before they sell out!

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The work is on view at Marion & Rose through June 15. Hours & location here. Purchase online here.


Lines & Circles Opening Reception on Saturday!



Friends, a reminder that the opening reception for my solo show Lines & Circles is happening this Saturday, May 10 from 4-7 pm at Marion & Rose’s Workshop! Please come by to see the work in person (22 original paintings), eat delicious food, drink a little wine, and say hello.

You can RSVP on the Facebook invitation here if you wish!

Have a great Thursday!

CATEGORIES Exhibitions | Paintings

Lines & Circles Paintings Now Available


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Friends. work for my solo show Lines & Circles is now available online here in the Marion & Rose shop. There are 22 paintings for sale, and 1 limited edition print (edition of 25 only).

You can also view and purchase the work in person at Marion & Rose’s Workshop in Oakland. You can find the shop’s location and directions here.

Lines & Circles is up until June 15 and can be viewed during any open hours. The show opens tonight (I will be there between 5 pm and 6 pm only tonight) and there is a reception on May 10 from 4-7 pm (I’ll be there for that entire party!).

If you are interested, you can read an interview on the Marion & Rose blog about my work & inspiration and other topics here (with some cool shots of my studio).

I have been making representational paintings and drawings for fourteen years, but this is my first complete body of abstract work. I heard a famous designer say a few years ago that everything is made up of lines and circles. I have never been able to let that idea go, and it has since changed the way I approach drawing and painting. For example, in my representational work, I think of a leaf not as a leaf anymore, but as a collection of connected lines, both straight and curved. In my abstract work, lines and circles play with and against each other to create energy and movement. I am forever obsessed with “perfect balance”, and while I am not sure I ever achieve it in my work, it is always my goal. Abstract painting has freed me up to play with shapes and the space around them in new an interesting ways.

Thank you for your interest! Click here to purchase!

Happy Friday.


More Framed Paintings for Lines & Circles Show



Monsoon, 16×20 inches on wood.


If you missed it yesterday, I’m showing a preview of some of the (now framed) pieces that are going into my show Lines & Circles at Marion & Rose’s Workshop in Oakland, which opens tomorrow. You can see the pieces I posted yesterday here. All of the paintings (there are 22 in all, ranging in size from 5×7 to 24×36 inches) will be for sale starting at 9 am PST tomorrow, Friday, May 2, in the Marion & Rose shop. At 9 am tomorrow, I’ll provide a link to the shop.

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In the Heat of the Night, 9×12 inches on masonite.


Hamlet 3 and Many Moons, both 6×6 inches on masonite.


Tornado, 11×14 inches on masonite.


Constellation and Eclipse, both 5×7 inches on wood.



Map of my Brain, 10×10 inches on masonite.


Hamlet 1, 8×10 inches on wood.


Lines & Circles opens tomorrow (the gallery will be open till 7 pm tomorrow night). The official opening party will be held Saturday, May 10, from 4-7 pm. All are welcome! Hope to see you there. Have a great Thursday!






April Revelry, 24×24 inches on wood.

I’ve spent the last several days framing up my paintings for my upcoming show Lines & Circles at Marion & Rose’s Workshop. There are 22 paintings in the show, all of them abstract, and they range in size from 5×7 inches to 24×36 inches. I’ve spent the last few days framing all of them in 1/4 inch birch wood with my miter saw.

Today I’m going to share a few of them with you, and tomorrow and Friday I’ll share a few more so you can see the full range of work. All of these paintings are for sale through Marion & Rose and Friday —  once they are available —  I’ll share the link to purchase them. You can also visit Marion & Rose’s Workshop in person at 461 9th St, Oakland or call the gallery during open hours to purchase work over the phone with a credit card.

The show opens this Friday night (I’ll be there for an hour or two at the opening if you want to stop by) and then on May 10 I’m having a reception from 4-7 pm at the gallery. All are welcome!


Arches & Swell, both 6×6 inches on masonite.


Swimming, 16×20 inches on wood.


Like Magic, 24×36 inches on wood.


Floating World, 8×10 inches on masonite.


The End of the World as We Know It, 11×14 inches on wood.

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You Turn Me Right Round, 8×10 inches on wood.

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Ghost Mountain, 11×14 inches on wood.

Have a great Wednesday, friends!