Archive for March, 2010

2 group shows open tomorrow!

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Meet Greet Rinse Repeat: Collaboration with Troy Gua

Read all about it HERE


You’re So Cool at OHGE Ltd. a group show including myself in collaboration with Julie Alpert

Openiing April 1st 6-10pm

Sweet and Lovely

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Here’s another fabulous couple. Anna and Susanna @ Sears and below in their comfy home. Heart beats, lung breathes…

So sweet and precious!

Heart and Lungs

Couples: an exploration

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

I am asking couples to participate in two different sets of images. One is commercial, formal, dress-up, the other is informal, personal, and more intimate. Below are Troy and Catherine Gua from the Couples @ Sears shoot and then just this past Saturday we went out and took a few rolls of color film in a park near their home in Seattle.

Twins @ Sears : "Oh Really..."

Gua Go Round

Catherine Gua

Troy Gua

Julie Alpert: Studio Visit on the CAB

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Such a treat to see Julie’s work space. Check out the visit here on the CAB.

Sears and The Boating Party

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

Saturday March 20th, 2010…4 couples + my friend Todd(not pictured in this image) and I entered the Sears Portrait Studio with a new challenge in mind. First we took several couples images, then the group shots. More pics to follow soon, either here or on my website. There were a few themes, dress as twins, and dress for a boating party, it could be for Renoir’s Boating Party, or any boating party, or you can be twins at a boating party. The process of working with groups always provides a certain degree of challenge for me. Who will cancel? Will there be enough people? Will it work? In the end, people cancelled, they always do, that’s just the nature of life, but there were plenty of people, everyone was stunning in there outfits, and we had a beautiful crew. Sears is a pleasure to work with, some of their poses can be so funny and I believe that all were entertained and engaged. In the end, it was a wonderful experience to create and participate in.

Renoir's Boating Party

Renoir's Boating Party at Sears

A Party with a Boat (Land, Ho!)

Bones on the Outside of my Body

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

The Dentist…ahhh.

Strangely meant like a pleasant sigh, because I love the dentist. On friday March 12th, I went in for my regular cleaning. Theresa, the dental hygienist, did a wonderful job with the sonic plaque remover, the scraper, floss and brushing. My pockets aren’t increasing and fortunately all seemed stable. Here’s a few pics from the morning.

Newest Wonderfuls Beauties…

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

From Feb.28th, Julie Alpert, Andy Arkley and Chair.


Julie - I Love Your Hair

Julie, Andy, Wall and Stripes

Julie, Andy, Wall and Stripes

Yellow Chair, House and Hose

“Pay Attention, Pay Attention, Pay Attention,” said Kiki Smith

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Artist Lecture: Kiki Smith at Kane Hall, University of Washington, March 4th, 2010

Trying to find parking before a lecture can be torturous. My ticket was in will-call, so my friends dropped me off. Fortune would have it, that since my name falls in N-Z, I could head past several people, have my name checked, get a hand stamp and enter with all the ticket holders, 5th row, near the podium, not bad. My friends showed up and I ran to the bathroom. And who is peeing in the stall next to me, none other than Kiki Smith. I recognized her voice from videos. Her voice is very much her voice. So while washing hands, I asked, “Do you get nervous before these things?” She answered personably, “Oh these talks are fine, it’s just that they can go shitty or really great.”

It was a full auditorium, Liz Brown, Chief Curator of the Henry Art Gallery at the UW made a few thank-yous and gave the briefest introduction to the artist, who then took the podium. It were as though she was talking with us in the kitchen. She talked of being a print maker and how it can get a bad rap in the art world, about the hierarchy of mediums, and the accessibility today of the image, and its reproducibility. She talked about growing up with her father, the sculptor Tony Smith, and made statements like, “life wasn’t worth living if you didn’t make art.” and that inevitably, “it can be inherently dissatisfying, that’s why we keep going back to it.” She recommended that we pay attention, that artists can revitalize their surroundings, and see things in new ways. She said, “Creativity is given to you freely,” and later she joked, “but not all day, every day.” She suggested that we can have quiet spaces in our lives where we open up and listen.

She discussed examining meaning, turning things on all their sides, like in Cubism, ideas can exist simultaneously, they can be wholistic and conflicted. It was liberating to listen, and reassuring to trust one’s own process and just make. Probably what had the deepest impact was her sharing about being a maker, using her hands, drawing, tearing, twisting, cutting paper, making marks. That that is something we need to do. I was reminded of that tonight.

In the end her prediction at the sink was the latter of the two for me. Someone asked her, “do you always know the meaning of what you are working on while working?” She responded, “No, in the unknown we get to blossom, so blossom away.”