I've always loved art.  As a kid in school, I always was the one with a drawing underneath the book we supposed to be studying.

I started painting full time in 2012, mostly painting landscapes and cityscapes.  As a trained designer and architect, these came easy to me.  But the paintings felt impersonal; I wanted to address my own personal and family history.  I realized that figurative paintings much more powerfully engage people about social issuesof our times: isolation, poverty, and immigration and discrimination.  Starting in 2015 I started to paint mainly figures and had to learn how to paint almost from scratch.

 

My recent figurative paintings focus on the experiences of Asian Americans.  My initial motivation was simple, I wanted to show Asian faces in paintings.  Inspired by contemporary painters such as Dean Mitchell whose paintings depict  his every day Afro-Americans acquaintances as proud and dignified, I  want to tell the story of Asian Americans  who went through discrimination, worked hard in tough occupations, and suffered indignities, all for the sake of their children.

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  • 2005 Gallery at 417, Group Show

  • 2006 Pacific Grove Art Center, Solo Exhibit

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

  • 2006 Big Sur Arts, Hidden Gardens Show

  • 2006 Big Sur Arts, A La Prima Show

  • 2006 The Works, Impressions and Expressions, Solo Exhibit

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

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

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

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

  • 2009 Pacific Grove Art Center, Monterey Bay Plein Aire Painters Association, Our Home Town, First

  • Place for "Fast and Fabulous" and Honorable Mention 

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

  • Paintings featured in Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Fall 2017 Catalog

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

  • 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

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

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