last day

It's the last day of 2011 and I am feeling pretty content with my accomplishments this year, both personal and professional. I had a chance to see my family here and oversees more than ever which is what I really needed. I exhibited my art a lot this year and was more proactive about promoting it. I made some good sales and completed fun commissions. On top of that my summer was delicious!

For 2012, I plan to do it all over again and twice as much. As my fortune cookie (above) says "Planning is the prelude to successful action." 

Below are some last day updates wrapping up my year:

Jarritos Art Contest: 2nd place winner

Remember how a few months ago one of my paintings won 2nd place in the Jarritos Flavor City design contest? (if not, here is the blog post to refresh your memory)

Well the prize came! Consisting of 192 bottle of Jarritos! In theory it is a half a year supply of the liquid deliciousness, but in reality, I honestly don't think it will last that long. Party anyone? 
The soda goes great with tequila. :D

"Against all odds"

Here is a commission I am working on, that will be showing on January 21st in Soho, NY (I will keep you updated as we get closer to the date). 

The concept is "against all odds" all the visual elements were under the direction of the client. The theme in this piece is different than my regular work, and I am enjoying working on it. (I used a color filter on the photo, in reality the painting has warm brown tones.)

"The Socio Network"

I have some prints in a group art exhibit in California at the:

Alternative Cafe Gallery
1230 Fremont Blvd
Seaside, CA 93955

"Socio Network is the first of two installments showcasing a group of artists united by social media. The online network has brought together a unique and eclectic exhibit from people plugged in from all over the world. The show will be a "smash and grab", allowing patrons to walk out with their purchased piece upon payment, so the show will constantly be changing and evolving with new pieces every few days. Come watch and assist the metamorphosis of the gallery throughout this amazing eight-week exhibit.

Part I Exhibition starts December 9th, 2011 // 7-10pm
Part II Exhibition starts January 13th, 2012, ends February 7th.


So that's it for now! I will be back on my (consistent) blogging schedule in 2012.

I wish you all the best in the new year! Happy 2012.


happy holidays

Wishing you all the best this Holiday Season!

My friend commissioned me to design his holiday postcard this year with this classic theme. I think the card looks delicious. :)

I have not posted much on here in the last couple of weeks and for that I apologize. I have new paintings in the works, and commissions I am working on. I will be posting the works in progress after the new year, so stay tuned!


candy for the senses

Love this video. The song is "Walk all over me" by Sneakpeek.
The surfer is Taj Burrow.

Fiji Vignette 1/3 from Taj Burrow on Vimeo.


sea salt

“sea salt”
oil and pencils on wood
13in x 27in

Here is a little haiku written by a performance artist about my work:

"Beauty is captured
Like a fish from the water
And then it's released." 

(pretty cool)


art basel miami: multiversal 2011

I'm so excited!! 
I will be exhibiting at this year's Multiversal: Art Basel Miami! (December 1st-4th)

It's going to be an amazing show featuring the art of established and emerging artists.

For the first time I will be showing my new painting "tea time" (below)

For info about the show, check out these sites:
A Girls Best Friend
Multiversal on Facebook

spirituality: icons & concepts

My good friend organized a group art exhibit called "Spirituality: Icons & Concepts", it is on view right now at the:

Jackson Hall Gallery of MCCNY
446 W 36th Street
New York, NY 10018

I have my "Our Lady of low tide" painting in it.

oil and graphite on wood, 11in x 34in




I love people's interpretations of my work. When I create, I have my own vision and meaning behind each piece, but it's always great to hear what others get from it. Feel free to add your own on my Facebook wall! :)

Here are some of the interpretations of "rabbit stew".

"Strength: if bunnies can swim in water and potatoes can float in the air... I, woman... can get through anything." 

"The Star: The 17th Tarot Card representing a person that likes to nurture the lowly and rain on the negligent who reject the needy."

"Cute things on Earth. Potatoes kind of add the electricity to the piece."

"All fertility. Potato fallopian tubes. Water and rabbits, both symbols of fertility."

"She's is very cool, but barely keeping her head above water."

"Rain brings beautiful things."

"Lust. All things are fluid in life."

"Fallopian dive dreamer."

"Acid trip with breast implants."  
"She is tripping on x and playing with herself. (hollywood tans = global warming)"

"I have never been known for my interpretations of art, but when I see "Rabbit Stew", I see a woman who has her whole life ahead of her with no hinderances. I see dreams with no limitations and the beauty that comes with it. Its amazing."

"When I look at this piece, I think of "Not Ready to Be Prey". The woman and rabbits (which are both hunted by men) are alive and empowered...the rabbits aren't just sitting cooking, they are swimming, and the woman isn't going to drown, she's got her goggles and a self-assured look. They might be caught in the stew but they're not giving in. The potatoes too...they're raw, not ready to be eaten. Looks like the challenge isn't over for the hunter."

Thank you all for sharing your views with me. I look forward to more. :)



I was part of "Conception", a group art show at Brick in the heart of Tribeca, NYC on October 26. The show consisted of 21 visual artists, 3 live bands and a fashion on this truly unique underground venue.
The reception was filled with great art, music, people and of course cocktails.
Here are some of the photos, enjoy!

all the artists

artist - Colleen Blackard with "uncle William" series

artist - Jamie Martinez with "triangulism"

good times!

band -  The Hampton Brothers

artist - me

my painting "rabbit stew" with interpretive notes
The notes on top of my painting were people's own interpretations of the painting, which I will write out in the next post!


DAF 2011

Here are some pic from this year's Digable Arts Festival, that took place at the Monroe Center of the Arts in Hoboken, NJ. I had a good time and met some insightful artists.

My set-up. I was in a room with a fashion installation brought in by Uta Brauser. The dress to the right is sewn from latex gloves.

table with "minis" (prints)

turquoise pants!



republic minis & digable

I have minis of "the republic"! They are decoupage prints on wood, handmade and hangable. I will have them available for sale at the Digable Arts Festival this weekend in Hoboken, NJ. It's a 2-day fest of music and art, go to the Digable site: for directions and detailed info of the event. I participated last year and had an awesome time.

Check out "the republic" prints!

Here is the address of the event site and dates:

Saturday October 15th & Sunday October 16th
12pm - 7pm both days

Monroe Center for the Arts
720 Monroe Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030

The event will take up the entire 3rd floor of the Center! Below is a floor map, I will be set up in the "Window Room" marked with the red 'X'. When you get off the elevator, turn right and walk through to the end and I'll see you there!


in the studio

I have been on a continuous painting streak, which feels great! Below are some shots of the studio.
I had an art opening (visual arts, music, poetry, theatre) at the Manhattan Theatre Source this past Thursday, and have 4 more art events coming up each week starting with the Digable Arts Festival October 15-16. For a full list of the upcoming events go to this EXHIBITION LIST in the "about" menu on my official site. I will be posting up the show info on this blog as well, so stay tuned!

"rabbit stew" (left) and "tea time" (right)

the beginnings of "tea time"

"rabbit stew"


rabbit stew - caramel & mocha

The rabbits are in!
I named them Caramel and Mocha, and I think I was having coffee at the time....

photo from the studio, please excuse the photo quality

bunny eye close-up

nipples, goggles, and some whale tail

Now I have to decide whether to play around with the water some more and if the woman needs a glaze of oil paint. I have also started on a new painting called "tea time"and it's a lot smaller in size, and will also feature a fuzzy critter alongside liquids.