Monday, March 31, 2014


Last year when I went to the Henry Fukuhara Paint Out, I took a photo of Manzanar Pleasure Garden.  I didn't realize until I had the picture developed that the garden was dappled with beautiful shadows. The only recognizable shapes are the trees in the background.  Otherwise, the painting looks like an abstract of beautiful patterned shapes.

Executive Order 9066, Series 22:  Manzanar Pleasure Garden.
Watercolor on paper, 22"x30"

The love of my life is my 5 year old grandson.  I placed him behind barbed wire, writing in the dirt, I Pledge Allegiance.  

Executive Order 9066, Series 23: I Pledge Allegiance. 
Watercolor on paper, 22"x30"

All paintings are available in poster prints, giclee prints, and cards.  Originals are also available.

Monday, March 24, 2014


In January, I was able to take a 3 day workshop with Kathleen Conover from Michigan.  Kathleen is an award winning artist and I have always admired her paintings with multiple layers of color and texture. I have been intrigued with her technique, imbued with symbolism and a very personal reflection of her observations.  From our conversations, Kathleen and I found that we are alike in many ways in our interest in the art world and our pursuit of art education.

I completed two small pieces in her class.  With our textured background, we were to integrate a composition to go with it.  My finished piece, Imprisoned, came as a result of the background of tangled gauge print.  I imagined myself trapped in that tangled mess with the barracks and guard tower in the background.

Executive Order 9066, Series, 20:  Imprisoned

The second painting had textures that looked like rocks, so what came to my mind was the rock garden of Manzanar.

Executive Order 9066, Series 21: Manzanar Rock Garden