Art as Resistance

Activism, Art, Art For Sale, creativity, Narrative, process

Where Justice Meets Joy (2020)

I’ve been reflecting on the role of art in my life this past year. As a queer, mixed race, black-skinned daughter of immigrants ~ and as a mom with a daughter starting high school ~ carving out time to get into the studio each day is saving me and keeping me sane.

I started this painting on Valentine’s Day ~ in the Time Before. This piece saw me through the shutting down of life as we know it due to the global COVID pandemic. I learned that fire tornados and murder hornets are real things. I weathered cancelled openings and events, and missed graduations and family gatherings. As the world stood still, I bore witness to the brutal slayings of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, Michael Ramos, Dreasjon Reed, Tony McDade, David McAtee, Carlos Carson. And I found inspiration in the youth-led uprising that fueled the protests and demands for justice in the months that followed.

Out in the world, I was confronted with, and witnessed, oppressive hatred aimed at eradicating all that I embody and love. In my 20s, the energy of these encounters would have ignited the righteous anger that fueled my activism. Now that I’m just shy of 50, I find that anger, even when it’s righteous, is no longer a generative power source for me. Instead, it drains me, shuts me down and closes me off.

My focus this past year has been refusing to allow this groundswell of hatred, willful ignorance, and fear-mongering to diminish my humanity. Choosing to come from a place of beauty, compassion, accountability, generosity, resilience and joy is an act of radical love. I believe this gritty, robust, eyes-wide-open love is the root of liberation. My resistance meant daring to believe that the world through my eyes, as a queer Black woman, is relevant and beautiful and worthy of consideration.

Instead of absorbing the caustic energy, I poured my rage, fear and grief into this painting. After 8 months, the energy gave way to something new and surprising. And out of many layers of pain emerged a vision of a world where justice and joy coincide. The painting was offering me a vision of liberation that was deeply seeded in this radical kind of love.

So this year ~ and this painting ~ have taught me three things about the role of art in my life.

  • Art is my portal to Liberation.
  • Making art is how I convert energy into matter.
  • Art is no longer an ‘if I have time’ matter. It has become as integral to my well-being as my daily writing practice. It is a must. It helps me repair and restore the parts of my soul that are beyond the reach of words.

SHOP PRINTS & PRODUCTS

Art, Art For Sale, creativity, Print

I am so excited to announce the launch of my SHOP where you can now purchase my art as fine art prints, cards, face masks, notebooks, throw pillows, and more!  I’ve been selling through FineArtAmerica for the past 4 years, and am delighted that I can finally integrate my shop into this site.

I’m especially excited about the masks, which is a new addition to their product line, and strikes me as a Win-Win-Win-Win!  You get to:

  1. Wear original art that makes your soul sing.
  2. Support a living, Black artist.
  3. Protect yourself.
  4. Protect others.

I will always have 25 pieces on my site.  But I will periodically update the available artwork to keep the selection fresh and current.  As I rotate in new pieces, I will be retiring older works.

Here is a small sampling of the masks currently available for purchase:

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To check out the full range of available prints and products, please head over to my SHOP page.

And if you’re interested in purchasing (or inquiring about) original paintings, please visit my PAINTINGS page.

Thank you kindly!

When We Were One

Art, Art For Sale, creativity, family, inspiration, Narrative, Origin story, Story

Everything I create is about exploring the stories I’ve inherited and the stories I’m passing down. I make art to better understand my place in this flow of cultural inheritance and legacy.

When I was pregnant, I had a book that gave weekly updates about the fetus development. I remember reading one week that if I was having a girl, my body was creating all the eggs she will ever carry.

Having worked for 12 years as a crisis counselor, and knowing what I know about inter-generational trauma, I didn’t take this news lightly. So I took that week off, and reflected on what it means to be creating descendants whom I may never meet.

When We Were One” deals specifically with this week, being pregnant with my daughter ~ and more expansively, considers the bloodlines that connect us all. 

Here is a short video where I reflect on what this piece means to me…

 

Art Sale for Food Lifeline

Activism, Art, Art For Sale, Fundraiser, Solo Series
Thanks to everyone for your enthusiastic response to my Birthday Art Fundraiser!! I’m delighted to share that, thanks to the art you purchased and the matching program through Tom’s work, I was able to donate $600 to the COVID19 Artist Trust Relief Fund!!
 
Fueled by the success of this sale, I am inspired to raise funds another organization where my daughter and I volunteer. Food Lifeline (member of Feeding America) supplies food to 300 shelters, food pantries, and community meal programs across Western Washington. They provide 134,000 meals daily with 96% of their expenses going towards feeding people facing hunger.
 
So for this fundraiser, I’m selling my SOLO series.  They are original oil paintings on paper, matted in 11″x 14″ frames, as seen below.
 
– They are $125 apiece, or three for $300.
 
$30 from each sale will be donated to Food Lifeline$30 provides enough food to feed one family of four for 4 days.

*PLUS all donations will be matched through Tom’s work (Gilead Sciences), so your purchase will go twice as far!

– If you’re in the Seattle area, we can arrange a no-contact, in-person delivery. (Otherwise free shipping anywhere in the US).
 
 
What we get:
1) I get the joy of knowing my art is bringing color and joy to someone’s home.
 
2) You get an original painting to dress your walls, and the pleasure of knowing you’re supporting a living artist and a good cause.  At the end of the sale, I will send you a letter confirming the donation that was made on your behalf. 
 
3) By supporting Food Lifeline, we are helping to get food out to folks who need it most. 
 
As far as I can tell, this is a WIN-WIN-WIN. So happy browsing! If you see a piece you like, you can click on the purchase link in its caption.
 
And if these paintings aren’t your cup of tea, you can still donate here: https://foodlifeline.org/donatefunds/
 
Thank you kindly!
 

SOLO #7
https://checkout.square.site/buy/2YOG3S55CB26444NZCQDCPBR


SOLO #9
https://checkout.square.site/buy/TP65L7O2PSPD7PWE4PEXJH4Z



Birthday Art Fundraiser

Activism, Art, Art For Sale, Fundraiser

Dearest friends,

As we round the corner to my birthday week, I’ve been thinking about ways to ease the suffering and share the joy. So I’m trying an experiment…a Birthday Art Fundraiser.

Here’s how it works:

– All the works below are original oil paintings on paper, matted and framed as seen in the first picture below.

– They are all selling for $225.

– $150 from each sale will be donated to the COVID 19 Artist Trust Relief Fund.

– This art sale will run through Friday, April 10 at 11:59pm.

– If you’re in the Seattle area, we can arrange a no contact, in person delivery. (Otherwise free shipping anywhere in the US.)

What we get:

1) I get the joy of knowing my art is living on and bringing joy (Best Birthday Gift Ever!!!)

2) You get an original piece of art to dress your walls, and that whole hearted feeling of knowing you’re supporting a living artist and a good cause.

3) Artists everywhere will feel the love through the emergency relief efforts of Artist Trust, an organization I hold in high regard.

So…what say ye?? Dress your walls! Celebrate my birthday with me!🎈

All the pieces are matted and in black frames as seen here, flanking the bigger piece 🙂