Monday, November 7, 2016


California Sunset (acrylic on canvas)

Last month I was honored to be included in a group show at the Art Exchange in Long Beach which included renowned video artist, Bill Viola. My painting, California Sunset, based on the Neil Young song of the same title, was featured in the show.  The show was curated by Sayon Syprasoeuth and Michael Gibson.

The Art Exchange is not only a beautiful gallery space, but it is also an amazing community art center. Their mission statement is the following: The mission of the Art Exchange is to create a best-in-class art facility that will be a vibrant hub for professional artists, support K-12 arts education, and implement cutting edge community arts programs. More local communities need a place like this. If you're ever in Long Beach be sure to drop by and check it out.  You can check out their website for current exhibition info here:

Sunday, September 4, 2016


I revere the work the work that Ellsworth Kelly created.  Reading the article below and watching the video made me realize just how much I relate to his relationship with abstraction. Many times for me I find it difficult to articulate the meaning of my work as I'm painting or immediately after it's completed because it isn't figurative. The process takes over and the work happens.

I also find the process of making something as being autobiographical. By that I mean whatever is happening in my life at the time, directly or indirectly, makes its way onto the canvas through color choices, gesture or other formal elements.  Although the intimacy of making an abstracted painting or art piece may not be totally evident by the final product; it is a process in every sense of the word, both personally and artistically.

I also have to live with a piece or have it "be" in the present before the true meaning is fully captured. Therefore when I heard Ellsworth Kelly describe a similar sentiment it actually made me feel better in a way about the work I create. I could especially relate to this statement:  "Abstraction has always been, ‘oh, it’s abstract,'” he says with some annoyance. “ I think my pictures need time … They have to be looked at." I'm okay with the meaning being open-ended in many instances as well, the viewer ultimately decides what it signifies to them. 

It wasn't until I got out of grad school and took some time off from painting that I truly realized just how important making art is to me. It is essential to my everyday life. Finding articles and videos like this only emphasizes these feelings because when one hears someone whom they truly admire reiterate the things they believe, it tends to validate what one is doing. I highly recommend you watch the video above and read the brief article below (or click here to link to the hyperallergic site.)  Ellsworth Kelly was a master.

Ellsworth Kelly: Blue Red at the Broad Museum 

Ellsworth Kelly Explains His Relationship to Abstraction

“I’ve always lived in the present tense, and I like my paintings to be in the present tense,” Ellsworth Kelly begins his interview with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) in 2013. Kelly spoke with the museum on the occasion of its exhibition, Ellsworth Kelly at 90: Paintings from the Paris Years until Today, only two years before the artist would die.
Alert and articulate, Kelly seemed to have years’ worth of work in him. “Every day of the week I’m here at the studio … And, right now, since I’m on oxygen, I feel it’s very important … I still have work to do,” he says, sitting on a leather chair in his studio, the wall behind him splattered with paint.
But perhaps what’s most memorable about this video is Kelly’s telling of his first encounter with abstraction: as a child, while “throwing tomatoes” on Halloween, he left his friends behind to inspect a window. “I saw a red, shape, a blue shape, and a black shape,” he says, “I had to find out what it was.” At first he couldn’t figure out what had intrigued him, until he began “to back up slowly” and noticed the shapes and colors of the furniture and curtains.
This image of Kelly as a boy, patient and almost puzzled that something as ordinary as the basic elements of a home had enticed him, serves as a kind of inspiration for how to approach the artist’s own work: with persistence and curiosity. “People want content … In figurative [work], right away, there’s a story. Abstraction has always been, ‘oh, it’s abstract,'” he says with some annoyance. “I think my pictures need time … They have to be looked at.”

Saturday, September 3, 2016


Andy Warhol: Shadows
(photo credit: MOCA)

Flashback post! MOCA in Los Angeles showcased Andy Warhol's Shadows back in the Fall of 2014.  The massively, impressive piece (or pieces actually) was a sight to behold. It filled the large space with a vibrant, yet eerily calming vibe.  I literally sat in that room for nearly an hour.  The MOCA website accurately described it in this sentence: Installed edge to edge, the series of abstract panels-once referred to by Warhol as "disco decor" -create a haunting, environmental ensemble. Warhol was a king. Long, live Warhol!

just two "factory girls" in awe

Thursday, September 1, 2016


Art is everywhere, especially in LA. This light tunnel in Weller Court in the Little Tokyo area of Downtown Los Angeles is all kinds of cool. I definitely felt like I was in some kind of music video, like Michael Jackson's Billie Jean. I told you almost everything reminds me of music; especially this.


Plastic Soul
acrylic on a lucite tray

I firmly believe that you can paint on anything. I also love merging the elements of art and design. I walked into a trendy furniture shop and saw this perfectly constructed clear lucite tray.  A blank "canvas" in my eyes. It sat in my closet for awhile with the intention of turning it into some sort of painting. 

on the wall

Voila! And so here it is, the finished piece. I envision it being lit from underneath or behind and either placing it on the table or hanging on a wall. 

natural, overcast morning light

natural light part deux

The title is based on something Paul McCartney referenced at the end of a studio recording. Bonus points if you know which song and album.

shadow play


It was pretty cool to be named the Artist of the Week by this awesome city. Having my work recognized always makes me feel great!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

ALWAYS FORWARD ------------->

I got my one and only tattoo at Shamrock Social Club in June by the amazing artist East. I designed it and East refined it. I have decided to use it as part of my signature, so you are probably going to see it pop up at the end of posts soon. The significance you ask? Of course, the M is for Monica and the heart and arrow signify always moving forward with love and gratitude. My Yia Yia used to tell me "always forward" no matter what and that has stuck with me ever since I can remember. It's a pretty good life motto I think.