After a career as an architecture and planning consultant, I started painting full time in 2012. I painted landscapes and cityscapes for a few years, until 2015 when I began shifting to mostly figurative work, as a way to convey more directly through my art, themes that are meaningful to me, including racial discrimination and social justice. 

 

My inspiration is my own personal and family history. My recent paintings focus on the Asian-American experience, something I call "(In)Visible." My initial motivation was simple: I wanted to show Asian faces in paintings. Inspired by contemporary painters and especially African-American painters who depict every day people as proud and dignified, I want to tell the story of Asian-Americans who experienced profound discrimination, worked hard in tough occupations, and suffered numerous indignities for the sake of their children.

 

Similarly, my "Essential" paintings portray today’s front-line and behind the scenes workers, those doing the risky and often thankless jobs that have gotten us through the pandemic: fast food restaurants, fulfillment centers, and other low-wage occupations. They are also deserving of dignity and respect.

Resume

  • 2021 "Confronting the Past" by Aga Popeda, Monterey Weekly, August 5, 2021.

  • 2021 Carl Cherry Center and Celadon Arts, part of group show, "Becoming (In)Visible: Countering Asian Hate.

  • 2020 "(In)Visible Me" juried into the show Fresh Art 2020, Marin Artists Society

  • 2020 "Recognition and Healing Through Art," Presentation for the 50th Anniversary of the Hiroshima Nagasaki A Bomb, with Jerry Takigawa  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6iekdpRlvHE&feature=youtu.be

  • 2019 "He Survived to Portray a Legacy," Pine Cone Article

  • Paintings featured in Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Fall 2017 Catalog

  • 2012 Watercolor West, 14th Annual Exhibition, Merchandise Award for "Green Fields"

  • 2009 Pacific Grove Art Center, Monterey Bay Plein Aire Painters Association, Our Home Town, First Place for "Fast and Fabulous" and Honorable Mention 

 

 

 

 

  • 2008 Pacific Grove Art Center, Monterey Bay Plein Aire Painters Association, Painted Landscape (Juried)

  • 2007 Monterey Maritime Museum and Historic Society Painted Memoirs (Juried) Elected as Signature Artist, Monterey Bay Plein Aire Painters Association

  • 2007 The Works, A Sense of Place, Solo Exhibit

  • 2007 Monterey Maritime Museum and Historic Society, The Legacy Continues (Juried) Big Sur Arts, Hidden Gardens Show, Honorable Mention

  • 2006 The Works, Impressions and Expressions, Solo Exhibit

  • 2006 Big Sur Arts, Hidden Gardens Show

  • 2006 Big Sur Arts, A La Prima Show

  • 2006 Monterey Bay Plein Aire Painters Association (MBPAPA), Group Show

  • 2006 Pacific Grove Art Center, Solo Exhibit

  • 2005 Gallery at 417, Group Show