Monday, May 13, 2013


Hmmm... some fresh subjects to edit from a couple rolls of 120 color reversal film and a plastic Holga camera. It took forever to get the negatives developed but worth the wait, I can already see versions of these submerged under beeswax.


Friday, February 8, 2013

Art Affair 2013

Metal's Note- - 5" x 7" mixed media, beeswax, resin

Art Affair 2013 Camelot at Kaluanui...A Feast of Art & Merriment, at the Hui Noeau Art Center in Makawao. It's their annual live & silent auction featuring scores of original art pieces donated by artists on Maui. The auctions raise vital funds that enable access to exceptional visual arts programming for all ages and artistic abilities.
This is the piece I donated to this year's art auction.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Sea of Qi's Hollow- Encaustic

Sea of Qi's Hollow 10" x 10" Mixed media, beeswax, resin, sumi ink, coffee and xerox transfer. This is one of several pieces of mine selected this year for the 2013 Hui No‘eau's Juried Art Exhibition. Show dates are January 5 – February 15, Mon.—Sat.: 10 am - 4 pm 2841 Baldwin Avenue Makawao, HI 96768

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Art Maui 2012

Art Maui 2012 annual juried exhibit is now showing until April 20th from 11:00-5:00pm in the Schaefer Gallery at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. Here are my accepted pieces.

Lost -encaustic, collage, cyanotype and van dyke prints, charcoal, vellum

Landscape With I Ching -encaustic, sumi ink, vegetable oil, image transfer, oil pigments

“The purpose of art is to keep us perpetually off balance.”- John Baldessari

When it comes to visual art, I make a conscious effort to let go of what I know and not keep doing what I do well. Randomness is interesting to me. There is always a great surprise in store for me when I work randomly- and so much in the final work that doesn't make sense and therefore a lot more peculiarity to ponder. Ridiculousness and absurdity are very good things when it comes to art.

I enjoy art exercises that explore energy, frequency and vibration, exercises that can capture these qualities.... when I lived in the city I loved to draw while I was on the subway, sometimes I would hold the pen perpendicular to the paper, not look down just straight ahead and let the pen record the bumpy motion and the stop and go of the subway car.
Other exercises I experiment with, capture data from the subconscious. I don’t do this one often enough, for good reason, but the results are always interesting, I place a drawing pad and something to draw with next to the bed, set my alarm for 3:00am, and as I wake up, immediately start drawing without turning the light on.
In the wonderful, wonderful amorphous world of art, being in a place of unclarity is a very cherished and desireable place to be, murkiness is active and alive, it’s where germination begins and opens up new ideas of thought.

Here's a damn good quote from Robert Rauschenberg, “If you’re in front of a good work of art and you don’t change your mind about something, you’re a fool.”
I wouldn't, in my own words, say that anybody is a fool, but I get what he's saying, it's not always about whether we can relate or not, whether we like it or not. Even if we don't like the work, or should I say, especially if we don't like it, we still look for things about it that presents something new, unfamiliar, off-kilter or even offensive to our thought pattern and our psyche. Good art opens the mind, refines our tolerance and helps us to be better thinkers.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Hui No’eau's 2012 Juried Exhibition

A nice start to a New Year, I got several pinhole photographs in this years Hui Noeau Juried Exhibit.

Popo kapa wai lehua- Wring out the dark rainclouds

Me ke 'ala o ka lipoa- With it's fragrance of the lipoa (seaweed)

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Vegetable Oil and Sumi Ink Prints

Panel with "found papers", sumi ink and beeswax

An artist friend of mine shared with me a very entertaining technique using vegetable oil and sumi ink. You take a vat or small plastic tub, fill it with water. Then you work with two sumi ink brushes- one in each hand, one brush gets dipped in vegatable oil and the other dipped in sumi ink and you then alternate tapping the surface of the water with the ink brush and the oil brush. The oil resists the ink making a sort of marbeling effect that floats right on the surface of the water. After you get a pleasing composition,take a sheet of paper and just sort of gently 'kiss' the surface of the water in the tub, and quickly, carefully lift the paper right back out. The marbeled ink composition will transfer onto the paper. The effects are really lovely.

Encaustic and Mixed Media

The Egg detail

The Egg, Panel with "found papers", sumi ink and beeswax