Balboa Island #2

Boats tied to a dock with one beached due to a diminshing tide; sunset colors glimmer on the water.

Location: Newport Beach, CA

Date: Winter, 2023


The sun was setting and the tide was receding rapidly, so the boats were getting beached one by one. One has to work fast! 9" x 12" plein air sketch in pastel.

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The Arroyo Seco

A nearly dry river, encased in concrete.

Location: Highland Park, CA

Date: Winter, 2023


The 2023 Arroyofest was taking place. The 110 Highway was shut down to traffic and open to pedestrians and cyclists. The Arroyo Seco river, encased in concrete, runs adjacent and features a bike path, off of which I made this drawing. 9" x 12" plein air sketch in pastel.

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Transit Riders Sketch

Pencil sketch of diverse transit riders.

Location: Along the A Line, LA, CA

Date: Winter, 2023


I was sitting behind a number of riders and decided to sketch. So diverse is the riding public. 8" x 5" Pencil on paper.

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Eaton Canyon

Eaton Canyon dry riverbed overtaken by plants.

Location: Pasadena, CA

Date: Winter, 2023


I love the Eaton Canyon riverbed. When there is rain, it gushes. Where there is not, it flourishes. 9" x 12" plein air sketch in pastel.

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Riding on Metro #1

A bunch of riders sitting in a full Metro train.

Location: Pasadena, CA

Date: Spring, 2023


22" x 17" painting in acrylic. Commuter hours on Metro Rail, A Line.

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Riding on Metro #2

Pandemic-era, masked riders on transit.

Location: Pasadena, CA

Date: Spring, 2023


22" x 17" painting in acrylic. Commuter hours on Metro Rail, A Line, during the morning rush.

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Riding on Metro #3

Pencil sketch of man reading phone on Metro.

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Date: Spring, 2023


9" x 12" pencil on paper. Man deeply engrossed in his phone while riding Metro during a cold winter evening.

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Backyard

Backyard of a single-family house; very green with grass with trees and vegetable garden.

Location: Pasadena, CA

Date: Spring, 2023


31" x 25" painting in acrylic. Backyard in Pasadena.

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Dinner Picnic at Cal Anderson Park

A couple lying on the grass at Cal Anderson Park in Seattle. Pencil on paper.

Location: Seattle, WA

Date: Spring, 2023


8" x 5" A sketch I made while doing dinner picnic among the locals at Cal Anderson Park in Seattle. The sun starts setting late even in the spring months.

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Dinner Picnic at Cal Anderson Park

A couple lying on the grass at Cal Anderson Park in Seattle. Acrylic on canvas.

Location: Seattle, WA

Date: Summer, 2023


A 30" x 40" painting based entirely off the five-minute sketch. This was the most successful of a series of paintings created from quick sketches.

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Kitchen Counter

Kitchen counter with cups, knife and cutting board, painted in an expressionist style.

Location: Pasadena, CA

Date: Spring, 2023


17" x 21" painting in acrylic. Inspired by Richard Diebenkorn's compositions of kitchen counter and tabletop artifacts of domesticity.

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Study of a sketch by Pierre Bonnard

Study of a Bonnard drawing of an orchard, translated into painting.

Location: Pasadena, CA

Date: Spring, 2023


Pierre Bonnard is known for making colorful paintings from black and white sketches. This was my color interpretations of one of his sketches. 26" x 12" acrylic painting.

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Plant Natives Mural

Painted mural of myself sitting in a chair surrounded by flourishing native plants, with Essie my cat in my lap, and a rabbit sitting on the ground.

Location: Pasadena, CA

Date: Spring, 2020


After painting the first mural, I simply couldn't wait to paint this one, as an ode to California chaparral plants and the life that they support.

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Clifton Alley Mural

View of the mural at an angle so the way down the alley is visible too.

Location: Pasadena, CA

Date: Spring, 2019


In this community, the alleyway is, at its best, practical access to the garage, where the car is driven and parked. At its worst, the alleyway becomes a neglected no man's land, where trash cans and walls line either side, and that pedestrians avoid walking. How can we invite improvement? Is it possible to transform it into a welcoming promenade?

I am experimenting by painting a mural of the original San Gabriel Valley natural landscape over the wall of my garage, which is at the entrance of one of these alleyways. Interestingly, as my enterprise approaches completion, the entire alley is seeing an improvement in its appearance. Can it be that caring is contagious?

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Dishes

Line drawing of dishes in a rack.

Location: Pasadena, CA

Date: Spring, 2014


This is the price we pay for dietary dignity or culinary creds is the washing up. The larger the household, the more the dishes. Regardless, this drying rack of mine fills up multiple times per day — a true sculptural manifestation in which no two arrangements are alike. Can I make friends with a task that I don't particularly like? I try to do it through these graphite drawings.

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Eaton Canyon Winter Sunset

Cool colors of a distant sycamore tree, shedding golden leaves and foreground white sage growing abundantly.

Location: Pasadena, CA

Winter, 2024


I love the placidity of the wintertime sunset in the forest. The sycamore's and the and the white sage almost glow.

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Eaton Canyon Trail

Trail that winds around a sycamore tree, golden with winter leaves.

Location: Pasadena, CA

Winter, 2024


It takes several hours to figure out the composition and then work the drawing. On this day, the artwork benefitted from the company of happy and excited wild quails cheering me on.

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Chores

interior scene composed of magazine clippings.

Location: Pasadena, CA

Date: 2016-2019


Magazines and advertisements show pictures of impeccably crafted home interiors, replete with slippers casually strewn on a matching rug. True home ownership and domestic care are never so languidly achieved. How is this deception allowed, moreover envied?

When I embarked upon home ownership myself, the piling tasks of repairs were relentless and difficult. Until then, I believed those pictures. But now, I cut them up and make pictures out of them that depict what domestic beauty truly looks like to me.

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Year of the Pig, 2019

Painting and collage of pig.

Location: Realm, LA Chinatown, CA

Date: Winter, 2019


Curated by Shervin Shabazi and Sonia Mak of the Ministry of Culture, I participated in a group show to welcome the Year of the Pig.

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Various Washes and Drawings

Charcoal sketch of woman.

Location: Various, CA
Date: Since 1997


Drawing from life has been central to my visual art practice.

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Center for Thoughtful Exchange (CTE)

booklet spread showing the location of CTE.

Location: South Pasadena, CA

Date: 2013-2015


Zine documenting anonymous and free therapy sessions open to the public and located near a transit station. I ran it by myself, with two chairs and a foldout table for four hours every weekend. It was highly well-received and discussions were deep and personal.

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Platinum Streaks

Zine.

Location: Highland Park, LA, CA
Date: 2014


Zine on Highland Park at the peak of its gentrification when the community was shifting from Latino to hipster.

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Elysian Park

A wilderness trail heading into thick bushes with the LA city skyline in the distance.

Los Angeles: Pasadena, CA
Date: 2023


Amazing how Elysian Park brings the wild close to Downtown LA. I enjoyed the moment out there, while drawing.

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Zoom Out

ink brush illustration of two people conversing.

Location: LA, CA
Date: 2023


Artists are lonely for art friends and finding friendship is never that simple.

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Eaton Canyon Again

A colorful wintry chaparral dry riverbed.

Location: Pasadena, CA
Date: 2023


Cool blues of a winter afternoon drawing in the dry riverbed at Eaton Canyon.

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