• Vision Board 2014

    Vision Board 2014

    This is a Vision Board I made for 2014! 

    Have you ever made a vision board or know what they are?  A vision board is a collage of images, pictures and affirmations of your dreams and all of the things that make you happy. It can also be called a dream board, treasure map or vision map.  Hang your vision board in a place you will see every day.

    Art Goals for this year include:

    1: To frame some of my work so it is ready for exhibition and sale, and to get some good quality giclee prints matted for sale.

    2.  To Branch out and change it all up

    3. To give my body of work more cohesion by building on themes that I have already started.

    4.  A new painting at least once a month.

    5.  To expand my art portfolio by posing a challenge for myself, learn something new.

  • Post It Note Study

    Post It Note Study

    Usually, I try to make art anytime I can.  Lately, I've been pulling myself out of rut.  These images were all made in an hour on 1" x 1" post it notes. 

    I'd love to hear back about the interpretation.  This was during a Mental Health First Aid Training...somehow that makes it more interesting. 

  • Creamsicle 2013: Peaches & Cream

    This is about a bunch of friends that get together on the Oregon Coast to partake in the Ultimate Playground Tournament. 

    I edited this little number on my phone using Videoshop Editor and later uploading this to You Tube.  While the sounds is off, this still worked out really well.    Please enjoy and let me know what you think!

  • Paint Your Art Out- Upcoming Show

    Paint Your Art Out- Upcoming Show


    Art Sale | Live Art Demos | Silent Auction | Art from 40+ artists, all under $200
    Location: The White Owl Social Club. 1305 SE 8th Ave, PDX, OR.
    When: August 8th, 7-10pm
    Free Admission

    Paint Your Art Out is Siren Nation’s annual celebration of visual art,
    including live painting demos, silent art auction and a showcase of art by
    over 40 Northwest artists which all wall art is under $200. Other
    activities include demo artists, DJ and a cash bar.
    Bid on art as it is being made!
    Featured artists include: Alea Bone*, Alison Gayne, Amy Stoner*, Anna
    Magruder, April Oconnor, Brett Superstar*, Bridget Benton*, Carol
    Berryhill, Carrie Hardison, Cathie Joy Young, Chris Haberman*, Dianne
    Edleman, Genevieve Mercatante, Jaclyn Evalds, Jamila Clarke, Jennifer Cox,
    Jennifer Feeney, Jennifer Kapnek, Jessica Smith (Jessi Anjuli), Joanne
    Licardo, Katie Veeninga, Kindra Crick, Lavonne Russell, Lea Keohane, Lea
    Peace, Leigh Radford, Linda Sawaya, Lisa Phillips Griffen, Lisa Wilde,
    Meran Candy ni Cuill, Merle Keller, Nicole Gartland, Robin Leiberman,
    Robin Leiberman, Roxanne Patruznick, Shannon Passon, Stacy Cormier, Susan
    Moore, Suzy Kitman, Suzy LaRuffa, Zeratha Young, and more. (*demo artist)
    Siren Nation’s mission is to inspire and empower women of all ages to
    create their own art and to highlight the many achievements of women in
    the arts. Siren Nation promotes and showcases the original work of women
    artists by creating year round performance, exhibition, and educational

    This is another show I'm participating in.  If you didn't a chance to see the last show, then this will be your chance to see a few of them. 

  • Recycled Rain Show on Saturday, June 1st 2013

    Recycled Rain Show on Saturday, June 1st 2013

    Looking forward to Saturday's Recycled Rain Show, I hope to see you there.  The artist in the show had thrity days to complete work using rain water to make all the pieces.  This recent series which was made with rain water focused on the element of water and nostaligic memory for inspiration. 

    During the art making process, I noticed a theme kept coming up.  It started with a friend sharing his story out of the blue of how he surived on a raft for 21 days with no food and drinking only sea water in order to escape Vietnam in 1979. The very next day I was at a meeting, where someone talked about their daughters upcoming marriage.  They said that the daughters husband to-be was from Vietnam.  He came to Portland in the 1970's, and shared his story with them.  They said that all the people on the raft were caught in a storm during the escape from Vietnam.  At the moment when the raft was about to capsize, two whales came up on each side of the raft and kept everyone on the boat from going overboard.  The following day, I heard a story of the Vietnamese Boat People on a radio show which was about refugees living in Portland.  I try to remain open on trying to learn from this reoccuring message. Each story gives me chills, and I feel honored to have this unique theme keep coming up.  Overall this theme is what inspired my recent series, as I attempted to fathom the experiences of these peoples lives. Life is magic, art is magic.

    This is my continued belief on art:   Art in its purest form derives out of an intuitive process, and as an artist what I choose to express is channeled from something larger than myself as an individual. The process of making art takes on a deep, visceral, and profound manifestation that evolves beyond ego, the artist, or anything that can be categorized. My work is a continued attempt to bridge life’s mysteries with material truths. akg

  • Art and The Art of Healing

    Art and The Art of Healing

    I have work in the Art and The Art of Healing Show, and it opened on May 17th, 2013.  The work that is up from 2010 to 2012, and it should be up for atleast a month.  

    Open House and Art Show
    Friday, May 17th
    5 – 8 pm
    Come help us celebrate our 3rd anniversary by supporting local artists, including Buckman Elementary School students and a photo montage of The Jefferson Dancers recent trip to China.  Big pieces, small pieces, paintings, prints and photography….all at Sunnyside Holistic Group for your enjoyment.

    There will be refreshments for all ages, including a wine tasting room featuring wine fromWild Rose Vineyards.
    Bring friends, family, art lovers, wellness seekers.
    Student artwork proceeds will go to the respective programs. Come support our local artists!

    Sunnyside Holistic Group is a collaborative, integrated group of practitioners focused on all aspects of health and wellness which include: Acupuncture, Naturopathic Medicine, Massage Therapy, Dental Hygiene, Chinese Herbs, Skin Care Specialist, Reflexology,and Chiropractic care.

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    Recycled Rain Press

    On April 28th, 2013 A Group Of Local Artists Were Given A Mason Jar* Of Rain Water...

    6 PM TO 10PM
    Olympic Mills Building 107 SE Washington Portland, Ore. On Display Through July 16th 

    Announcing The Second Annual Recycled Rain Project! The show kicks off June, 1st at 6pm and is on display through July 13, 2013.

    Over a period of 30 days over 25 local artists create original works using only collected rainwater. The subject matter in the paintings is varied. The overall concept is to expose new and upcoming local artists while highlighting simple ways we can rethink the way we use water.
    Twenty percent of the sale of all works are donated to a water-based charity. The 2013 Recycled Rain Project is donating funds to www.water.org a nonprofit organization that transforms communities by providing access to safe water and sanitation. 
    Educational Mission
    The Recycled Rain Project is dedicated to raising awareness of the many water-related issues that are taking place abroad as well as in our own backyards. 
    This year we are thrilled to annouce an addition to the show. RAINDROPS! a children's gallery will make it's debut during RR2013. Artists from
    The Recycled Rain Project will be teaching a class of young artists through Art(s)Cool about the necessity of water. These young 'RainDrops' will then create some Recycled Rain art of their own to be included in the show.
    In the long term, we would like to have this project is to continue to expand as an annual event in Portland and eventually expand to other cities across the United States.


    Sara Sjol
  • #1 Jellyfish

    #1 Jellyfish

    Starting from scrtch and hoping it comes together.  Here is the first piece in place for the Recycled Rain Project.  I think I'll call it "Jellyfish", they are such cool creatures.  The deadline for everything is May 26th, a few days before my birthday.  I might go big for this show.  The artist have ample space to use, so I might even consider some 3-D stuff.  Stay Tuned.

  • The Recycled Rain Project

    The Recycled Rain Project
    Art sabbatical over, and the Recycled Rainer Project is on. I have a month to make work using recycled rain water, this ought to be a hoot. I hope to see you at the Art Show on June 1st. Stay tuned!

    The Second Annual Recycled Rain Show will take place on June 1st 2013 at the Olympic Mills Gallery in Portland, Oregon. All juried artists will create original works using only collected rainwater. While the subject matter in the paintings is varied, the overall concept is to bring to light simple ways that we can rethink the way we use water.

    Recycled Rain Project

    The Recycled Rain Project is a show featuring water-based art created entirely by rainwater with a percentage of profits benefiting water related charities.

    The Recycled Rain Project was founded to help bring awareness to local artists and the various water issues facing both our state and other’s abroad. (One in eight people on the planet drinks water that's likely to make them sick. The water crisis and poverty go hand-in-hand.)Water is a natural resource that we cannot take for granted. There are many ways that we can use this precious resource more wisely to create a better community and do our small part for the planet and our fellow man.

    As part of the exhibit we will also highlight everyday ways that individuals can do to make a difference.
    A portion of the sale of any works will be donated to charity yet to be announced. Once the artists are selected we will vote on which charity to give funds to.
    We hope to do our small part to start a greater movement to help other’s realize what a precious commodity we have and ways that individuals can help make a difference.
    In the long-term we would like to have this project become an annual event, both here in Portland, as well as other cities across the US.

  • Bike Art Book Out Now!

    Bike Art Book Out Now!

    The Bike Art Book which features my artwork, along with 250 artists from all over the world, is out now!

    "There is an element of fanaticism in bicycle culture rarely seen among the varied forms of locomotion. A love affair of sorts develops between rider and bike, with all the constituent parts: obsession, devotion and longing. In extreme cases, hospitalization is required — among the more restrained, bicycle becomes muse, inspiring great works of art in a variety of media, all in an attempt to capture the spirit of the infatuation." - Gingko Press

    With this volume, author Kiriakos Iosifidis welcomes you to a panorama of all kinds of works that are inspired by the bicycle. It is a collection of colourful bicycle graffiti, paintings, remarkable bicycle designs, complex constructions, and various types of bicycles one can find on the streets around the world. More than 250 international artists, illustrators, painters, sculptors, industrial designers, photographers, organizations, and anonymous citizens present their works of art and give us insight into their personal views and relations to these charming two-wheeled vehicles.

    Author Kiriakos Iosifidis is organizer of the Greek “Carpe Diem” mural team and author of the “MURAL ART” book series. This time he managed to unite artists and people of different disciplines who all share one passion: bikes! BIKE ART is an effort to support the bicycle as a means of transportation, a statement of sustainability, as well as to celebrate it as a lifestyle that exists throughout society and across borders

    According to the author, the cheapest way to order the book is through Amazon:

    A few have already gotten a copy and they have interesting reviews which you can view here:


    and here:




  • New verses Old

    New verses Old

    Some work is worth mentioning or presenting whether or not is was made sometime ago.  Today I posted up a few of my favorite older pieces.  I have over 100 works that have never been published.  I'm editing down to determine how to best present it.  Any ideas? 

    Recently I've been working on developing my web design skills and seeking out new opportunities in the area of art and design.  Despite this I find that the 'seeking' period sometimes gets in the way of art making, or is it the other way around?

    Did you like the Haiku posts?  I've continue to write Haiku's, but sometimes it finding the right image to accompany it that puts a wrench in the wheel. 

    Thanks for checking out my site!





    Per report from the Carpe Diem project for the Bike Art Book soon to come out.  I've created a card which show some of my favorite images from the Mural Project for the Bike Fair in Athens, Greece.  This took place on October 2nd, 2011 in the heart of the city.  The project is about Bikes and the "city with well know urban art artists and citizen participation.  Don't forget to check out the first Bikeart exhibition 2011 at www.bikeart.gr."

    Looking forward to getting the book!  The website had great images of participating artist, please note you'll need to have google translate as all the language on the website is Greek.  Unless of course you know Greek.

    The Bikeart book will released in November and it will be available for sale by the end of November.
    Take the advice of Kalimera from Athens:  "Till then...keep your strength and your voice open!"



  • "The New Herald" - A Science Fiction Short Film Project

    A Short Film project in Portland, OR by Erick Mertz

    These are the results of the storyboard I recently worked on for Erick Mertz.  The images of the storyboard are shown in a video to display the bigger picture.  Its now a kickstarter campaign, be sure to check it out:  "The New Herald"- A Science Fiction Short Film Project.

    The New Herald is a speculative fiction about the day when humankind's reliance on robotic limbs and organs reaches a nightmare ending.

    "The story takes place in a dystopian alternative history. The eight-to-nine minute movie opens on that first day when humankind across the world sees its increasing reliance on robotic limbs and organs reach a nightmare ending.

    Robot rebellions and burgeoning sentience are a part of science fiction lore and mythology. They were a large part of the wildly popular fiction of Issac Asimov whose "I, Robot" was reimagined recently by Hollywood...

    This movie describes a different kind of rebellion. One far more bleak and absurd than science-fiction has imagined. Instead of a full fledged robot rebellion like an angry C3PO or fed up Rosie from the Jetsons, this film tells about the terrible day when organs and limbs, mechanical devices installed and attached to our crumbling bodies decide to break free and seek their own fate."

    check it out:  "The New Herald"- A Science Fiction Short Film Project.



  • *One Night Only!: "Paint Your Art Out" Silent Auction

    *One Night Only!:  "Paint Your Art Out" Silent Auction

    I'm excited to be selected as one of the artist to participate in the upcoming "Paint Your Art Out" events, a Silent Auction to support and promote Siren Nation.  I hope to complete 3 new pieces in time for the show.  Please see below for the details:

    Siren Nation Presents: Paint Your Art Out!
    An art show and sale.
    Featuring Art from 50+ artists all under $100.

    The Secret Society,116 NE Russell Street, Portland, Oregon, 97202
    Free Admission- Event is all ages.
    Thursday, August 18th:
    6:00 pm-9:00 pm

    The first 50 people to arrive receive Siren Nation Gift Bags!
    6:00 pm-8:30 pm Silent Auction and Art Demos.

    Paint Your Art Out is Siren Nation’s annual celebration of visual art, including live painting demos, silent art auction and a showcase of art by over 50 Northwest artists which all wall art is under $100. Other activities include free swag bags for the first 50 attendees, DJ, and cash bar.

    Participating Artists:
    Alison Gayne, Ameila Opie, Amy Grennel, Angel Roman, Anita Spaeth, Anna Magruder, Anne Price Yates, April Oconnor, Boni Belden, Brett Superstar, Cheryl, Eugenia Barnes, Chris Haberman, Christine Ortez, Christine Swanson, Colleen Patricia Williams, Donivee Finnell, Emily Bludworth, Enaya Jane, Erika Lee Sears, Jamee Linton, Jenna Genio, Jennifer Cox, Jennifer Feeney, Jennifer Kapnek, Jessica Van Stappen, Joan McGinnis., Joanne Licardo, Kayenne Garofalo, Kelly Williams, Kindra Crick, Kristina King, Laura Hippensteel, Lavonne Russell,Lea Peace, Lisa Valle, Lisa Wilde, Liv Rainey-Smith, Mitsuko, Molly Gochenour, Nathalie Equall, Nina Divine, Nina Frayne, Robin Ator, Robin Phillips, Robin Urton, Roxanne Patruznick, Sara Fagan, Sarah Hessigner, Stacie Howard, Suzanne Elizabeth, Suzy LaRuffa, Theresa Weil, Vicki Stone, Viktoria La Paz, Zeratha Young

    *artists are demoing artists participating in the silent auction.

    Siren Nation's mission is to inspire and empower women of all ages to create their own art and to highlight the many achievements of women in the arts. Siren Nation promotes and showcases the original work of women artists by creating year round performance, exhibition, and educational opportunities.



  • Sci Fi Storyboard continued

    Sci Fi Storyboard continued

    I completed a few more images for E. Mertz's Sci Fi Storyboard.  He meets with the team in a few weeks, so it just in time for giving him the presentation he needs.  This is now posted on the website. 

    I've been busy with with project, getting ready to participate in another show, and learning web design/web development- a difficult feat while maintaining a full time job via the field of social work.  In learning the web design/web development skills, I hope to start in the field soon.