am super pleased to share with you an article about me and my work in
the Fall 2014 issue of the journal of the SUMI-E SOCIETY OF AMERICA-
"Cafe Sumi-e" . Special thanks go to Judith Sutton-Fagan for editing and assistance in publishing.
This article showcases my sumi-e work and tells my story.
This sumi-e was inspired by the Carmel River in California. It is so peaceful there and lovely. The light hits the water in amazing ways that create abundant color so striking to the artist's eye. This is one of my favorite places to paint and to watch all the critters that are drawn to the river peace.
The original painting was sold to a private collector in Carmel Valley, CA.
Here is a look at my new studio "digs". After moving and unpacking which seemed to last all summer long, I am finally almost settled into my new space. Everything is all "tickety boo' right now. "Tickey Boo" meaning all organized. (One of my grandmother's famous silly sayings.) However, the cleanliness won't last long as soon as I get busy and down to business.
My sumi awaits!!!
Director of the North America Branch - ICCPS
International Chinese Calligraphy and Ink Painting Society
I am a contemporary Sumi-e artist reaching beyond the limits of traditional ink painting and
creating the ‘sound of one hand’. My
paintings one would not generally call traditional sumi-e. However,
I adhere to the traditional
sumi-e principles and philosophies, as well as, the traditional
preparation before beginning
a sumi-e painting. Sumi-e expresses the character and soul of the artist. It is a meditative process and spiritually
personal. Understanding this concept has been at the center of my art.
I experienced a massive brain-stem stroke 30 years ago. As an international sumi-e artist, I am often asked to tell my story of victory over stroke and how I used my art as an integral part of my recovery. I decided a few years ago to put my stroke story on my personal art website in the hopes it would inspire and benefit others recovering from stroke and also other artists in need of a little boost.
My heartfelt mission is to tell everyone on the planet that there is hope and life after stroke or any traumatic life-altering
experience. I want to inspire others not only with my words but also with my art.
Click Here to read about my amazing journey of healing through the creative process and my Victory over Stroke to 'The
Sound of One Hand'.
Click on Drawingsto view some of my pre-stroke art.
Click on Recovery Artto view some of my post-stroke recovery art.